Three ways to add value to your leadership potential!March 2, 2016 / byMaria Garcia / Categories : Uncategorized
The following post is a guest blog post by Tal Shnall:
Jim Rohn, the pioneer of personal development shares the following thought about value, “Everything of value requires care, attention and discipline.” So what does that say about your leadership development? Let’s explore it together in how we can add value to your foundation and potential.
Think about your leadership at this moment. What areas need attention and growth right now? The first step in recognizing where we are, is to have awareness. Then we must look at the ways in which we can add value to our growth as leaders.
Leadership development begins with the idea of being a giver. Giving someone your time, giving someone your ear, and giving someone care. But, here is the thing we all must Remember-You cannot give what you don’t have.
I truly believe that ordinary people can be extraordinary. Every person can cultivate the seeds of greatness in them if they want to be serious about change. Zig Ziglar inspires us with the following thoughts, “You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.”
Leadership development is like being a farmer of your own garden. You must cultivate, water and grow the seeds that were planted in you. But you must believe that you are worth the investment and time to grow as a leader. Growth is not automatic. So how should one think about personal development? Take the advice of Denis Waitley who said that, “Personal development is the belief that you are worth the effort, time, and energy needed to develop yourself.”
I love that quote. In my coaching, I often find this a critical area that needs to be developed and expressed to people every day. It allows people to feel confidence about their potential and how they can tap into it every day.
Walking the path of your leadership development is very exhilarating, but worth every step. It is not about reaching a goal or a destination. It’s about who you are becoming in the process of your leadership growth. In my 20 years of being a manager in the hotel business, I discovered that leadership is not about what you do, but who you are. Leadership is a way of being. Your character and integrity speak more than anything else in the world.
When we focus on growth and becoming the best we can be, it creates a bigger impact on your environment. It has a positive impact on the lives of others. Why? Because you are becoming a person of value. And people love to be around people who can add value to them. It’s never too late to help you become a person of value.
Let’s look at some of the way you can do that. I am sure there are more than three ways to add value to your leadership potential, but let’s begin with a few.
You must have goals
A man or a woman without a goal is a like ship without a rudder. Each will shift and not drive. Unless you have specific, definite and clear set of goals, you are not going to reach the maximum potential of your leadership growth. Great leaders are not leaders by mistake or chance. They keep their goals and vision in front of them. They want to challenge themselves and raise the bar on their potential. Unless you are moving upward and onward toward a meaningful goal, you are behind other leaders.
You must learn new skills
Several years ago I was set on my profession in my industry. I felt like I learned everything I needed to know. My perspective was very narrow. As I matured and gained more experience, I began to grasp couple of important lessons. I noticed leaders grow and advance when they dab into new things. When they stay the extra hour to learn something new. Sometimes even outside of their comfort zone. Sometimes an entirely different area of expertise. Why? Think about it-VALUE! The more skills you have under your belt, the more valuable you can become to your employer. Take two employees and the one that has more skills often times adds more value to the organization.
Focus on your strengths
Each one of us is born with gifts and talents. Those are given at birth. But my question to you is, what are you doing with those gifts? Are you putting them on shelf or you waiting for the seeds to grow into plants on their own? Remember that growth is not automatic. The same goes for your strengths. You must develop them consistently to deliver results. In the book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. Gladwell studied the lives of extremely successful people to find out how they achieved success. They focused on their strengths and were very disciplined and committed to consistently develop their talents. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment, and that bridge must be crossed every single day if you want to be a successful leader.