Making new plans Stan? No need to be coy Roy…are great lyrics! But really, what’s your leadership development plan to take it to the next level in 2019?
Historically, I have always cultivated my “personal best” when I have a leadership development plan; what does that mean? I am a passionate believer in Steven Covey’s Habit of Sharpening the Saw. I have found I achieve more when I have crafted my leadership development road-map for success, specifically focused on maximizing my leadership strengths. Let’s face it, your team needs you to be the best possible version of you, especially if you are hoping to bring out the best in them. There are many things to think about when creating your leadership development plan, it requires an honest assessment of your current leadership performance, as well as a thorough understanding of your team – who do you need to be as a leader to bring out the best in them?
Being a great leader starts by taking an honest look at yourself in the mirror, plus asking colleagues and team members for productive input, whereby gaining a better understanding of your current leadership reality. Spend some time reflecting on the last year and consider your successes, as well as any short-falls. What worked? What didn’t and why? Any lessons learned you want to carry forward? After reflecting, here are a few thought-provoking questions to get you started on defining your LDP (Leadership Development Plan):
- What does success look like, and feel like, for you and your team by the end of 2019?
- Are you the leader you need to be to take yourself, your team, and organization to the next level?
- If you could only choose one area of development to focus on – what would be most impactful for you, your team, and your organization? What if you could choose two areas of focus?
- What do you want to be most proud of?
- What do you want to do more of or less of?
- Are you taking care of yourself?
- What does support look like for you; and how about for your team?
I love this take-away, from reading the book by Astronaut Chris Hadfield, what really matters is not the value someone else assigns to a goal or task, but how you personally feel while accomplishing it!
With your thoughtful, realistic, personal leadership development goal defined, it’s time to craft your road map for success.
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