samedi 14 juin 2014
LEADERS BUILD NOT BORN
Most of the attributes of good leadership don’t come naturally to me, and earlier in my career I was very content being responsible solely for my own work, the quality of which I could easily guarantee. However, I did reach a point where I felt I wanted to have more influence over the work I was involved in, and that is where my leadership journey started.
This is an important point; whilst I believe that it is possible to learn leadership skills, I don’t believe that you can simply decide “I think I’ll become a leader” - if your heart isn’t in it then you are unlikely to have much success. This is probably why so many people believe that leadership is some God-given attribute that they don’t have - they simply haven’t yet reached the stage where they are ready to progress in that direction.
There are many ways to progress along the leadership path:
§ Find a mentor - great leaders are always keen to mentor others, so if you know one, ask for help
§ Read - there is no shortage of books on leadership and related topics
§ Try it! - there is no way to learn leadership academically any more than it’s possible to learn to ride a bike academically
The final point is a vital one - trying things and seeing how they work out is the only way to develop. You will definitely make mistakes - it’s inevitable. The key is to take the outcome as feedback rather than criticism, use it and improve. In fact, the only thing that can’t be learnt is a desire to take on leadership. If you have that, then the rest is far from easy, but well worth the effort involved. Take initiative; try things; make mistakes; learn from them and keep developing. You will probably never “reach your goal” because this self-development never ends, but the journey itself is rewarding….