5 Proven Steps to Success Through Development

The most impressive leaders continue developing after they succeed.

The thing that makes you spectacular is what you’re reaching for.


5 proven steps to success through development:

  1. Evaluate on a scale of one to ten, not ‘yes or no’. Don’t ask, “Are you good at energizing teams?’ Ask, “On a scale of one to ten, how good are you at energizing teams?”
  2. Reach for better, not perfect. If you are a “7” when it comes to energizing teams, how might you become an “8”. (Hint: Trying harder usually isn’t the answer.)
  3. Adopt a “one new behavior” approach. What one new behavior will you try this week/month?
  4. Include an accountability partner. Two go further than one.
  5. Reflect, adapt, start again.

The “who” of development:

The answer to many leadership opportunities isn’t what or how, it’s who.

  1. Connect with leaders who love learning. Smug contentment is slow death when it comes to growth. One challenge of growth is the acknowledgement that there’s room for improvement.
  2. Develop relationships with people who develop themselves. Someone said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Look around and see your future.
  3. Find individuals who respect your talent and strengths, but aren’t enamored by them. A team of fawning admirers is a millstone about the neck. People who challenge you to grow believe in you. More importantly, they believe you could be more.
  4. Hang with people who try new things, while protecting gains. Reasonable caution is responsible leadership. Being governed by caution signals the end. The number one strategy for personal growth is trying something new and reflecting on what happened.
  5. Hire a coach who helps you see yourself. The context of personal development is the double-edged sword of personal discovery. The process includes resistance.

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What prevents people from developing their leadership skills?

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