Goals are a roadmap to the future. In our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to get bogged down with minutia. Losing sight of the big picture can leave us vulnerable –––– think of how many legacy companies failed because they weren’t prepared.
Today, I want you to make a resolution. Resolve to set and follow goals that will help you and your staff rise to the next level. Everyone is different. So take the time to write down where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Take a test that examines your leadership skills. Then consider adopting some of these five personal development goals for leaders.
True growth happens by learning or adapting to a new practice. Part of leadership is preparing your staff for whatever is around the corner. The best way to do that is by learning how new tech or shifts in the marketplace will affect your company. Resolve to educate yourself on how other companies in your sector are adopting new ways of doing business. Take the time to learn how other industries are adapting as well. Then apply that knowledge to your workplace.
Active listening is a key component to building trust in your office. Like all relationships, the ones you have at work are built on trust. If you have a tendency to think about what you’re going to say next when someone is speaking, mindfulness can help. Being mindful means being fully present. It’s the opposite of letting your mind wander while someone else is speaking.
So the next time you have a meeting on the books with a subordinate, take a few minutes beforehand to meditate. This will help you focus on what your staffer is saying. When they are done, paraphrase what they said. Be neutral and non judgemental while asking questions that come from what they have told you. Becoming a skilled active listener is one of the best personal development goals for leaders because it helps you develop into the sort of supervisor your staff wants to talk to.
3. Manage Your Time
Leading by example isn’t always positive. If it means you fritter away half your day and your staff does the same thing, then your whole division has a problem. Get control of your day by first determining how much time you spend on each activity. You may be surprised by how much time you waste, but the truth is most of us waste at least an hour during an eight-hour work day. Some managers have been helped by time management journals, others use apps. Learning how to manage your own time will make it easier to help others manage theirs.
One of the best ways to get better at something is to teach it to others. It doesn’t matter if your skill set is in sales or software, resolve to teach what you know to someone else. Become a mentor. Take an intern under your wing. Instead of being isolated on your executive mountaintop, enter the flow of your workspace. Don’t micromanage. Instead, help your staff improve by teaching them something new.
5. Team Build
Successful collaborations have changed the world. If you spend your days in meetings or in your office, you may be unaware of the conflicts and stress that could be going on just a few yards away. By adopting the earlier practices like active listening and teaching, you’ll be better informed about what’s going on. Consider spending time on team building exercises. Have a staff lunch or happy hour. Get to know the people who work for you and help them work better with each other.
Taking these personal development steps will not just help you become a more effective leader. It will help your staff shine more brightly as well.
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