Businesses live in competitive environments. This means they must constantly improve their services or a competitor will overtake the field, with buyers quickly following suit. Bottom line: Find ways to improve what you do or sell, or you will lose out.
Leaders are no different; they just don’t always see themselves in the same picture. Some leaders believe their organizations will pay to develop their skills; you know, send them to conferences, educational programs, etc. Others believe they have degrees and certifications that will sustain them for life. Others think they are solid because the last performance review was ok. Still, others recognize they are individually responsible for figuring out how to constantly improve because other leaders are doing so, and the outside competition is always available.
Let’s be honest. Which one are you? Have you spent your own money to develop your skills as a leader? Have you hired an Executive Coach, attended a training program, etc., and communicated your achievements to your boss?
High performing leaders want to excel. They find ways to improve their skills. Others are given an ultimatum or advised to change some habits that get in the way (of themselves and others).
I often find my executive clients have excellent technical skills but their people skills need work. The higher they go the more vital people skills become. I’m working now with a Vice President who fits this mold. I collected data from his key stakeholders about his strengths and areas of concern. After several months of work that addressed their specific issues, his boss promoted him from a field location to corporate headquarters working throughout the international organization. Including key peers, direct reports and others in the process created sustainable leadership skill development.
If you are confronting the challenges and realities of leading your team at a higher level, of ramping up your skills or smoothing off some rough edges, we should talk. I have helped many top managers and senior executives get promoted so they have time to more fully enjoy what they do. Let’s schedule a no-obligation call to discuss your specific circumstances.