Credited to the 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
Credited to many: “One of the most important responsibilities of all leaders is to develop other leaders.”
Create a leadership development plan for yourself and encourage those around you to do the same.
I suggest following these five steps to help create your plan:
Set a goal (and commit) to spend a specific amount of time each week on professional development. This could be a fixed number of hours or a percentage of your time. Don’t worry if you can’t get to where you want to go tomorrow. At a minimum, commit to work toward your goal now.
Determine what topic(s) you will spend time on. You likely have a keen interest in a few topics or you know what areas you want to improve so identify them.
Determine the best way you learn. Which format works well for you? Leadership workshops, seminars, books, videos, newsletters, webinars, internet research, mentors, blogs, role playing, or podcasts.
Stay prioritized and disciplined. With so many leadership topics and delivery methods available, it’s important to find the discipline to be laser-focused on what you want to learn before moving on.
Re-evaluate your plan every 90 days. Your priorities and needs will naturally change, so re-evaluate the four steps stated here on a regular basis.
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I love leadership and I love learning; I hope you do, too.