This is a great article from Harvard Business Review on developing leaders.
I have long believed the best leaders are ones that work on their inner game as much or more as their outside game.
What do I mean by that?
By leaving their baggage at the door when they enter the office, having cultivated their own personal beliefs on how to lead through:
A) Experience being around great and not so great leaders
B) Investing in themselves through outside training and coaching
C) Collaborating with inside and outside mentors to focus on improving every single day.
The biggest feedback we get from our individual contributors in areas we can improve our leaders are
- To model the way for how to get the job done and then let our people try it out and skin their knee and fail before taking over so they can learn.
- To invest in helping identify and curate our people’s strengths and empower them to grow in their career
- Be consistent! Have weekly 1:1 time with your people, completely focused on them. Park your ego and needs at the door and engage with your employee.
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