It’s official…springtime is here! Flowers are blooming, holidays are happening, and this season is all about rebirth and renewal. It’s the time when people not only clean out their homes, but should also clean out their careers and dust off their leadership skills.
Here are 3 ways to Spring Your Leadership Skills Forward…
- Grow Your Goals — It’s not that we don’t have goals; it’s that our goals are usually not big enough. Instead of playing it safe or erring on the side of conservative, inject rocket fuel into your goals and push yourself. Sometimes you are fortunate to have a boss, spouse, or mentor who encourages you to do more, and to set the bar even higher, but sometimes it has to come from within. Springtime is the time for growth, and that includes your leadership goals.
- Sow Some Seeds — Your network is your “net-worth.” Relationships are critical to starting a career, advancing a career, and catapulting a career to the next level. As a leader, your positive working relationships can mean the difference between success and failure. With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s much easier to get out and sow new seeds, develop healthy relationships, or repair unhealthy relationships.
- Plant New Ideas — Just like a garden; ideas, skills, and expertise can wither and die. This is the time to do some personal and professional inventory and evaluate what’s in need of love and attention. Your growth and leadership development is your responsibility. We are all a work in progress, and you need to stay marketable, competitive, current, and relevant in your profession, in your organization, and in your industry. Pursue a new certification, learn a new skill, take a new class, and invest in a new leadership development summit to spring your leadership skills forward.