Do you want to grow as a leader? Do you want to keep growing?
Here are seven sure ways to grow as a leader:
1. Desire growth. Sounds simple, but we tend to seek what we desire most. If you truly want to grow as a leader, you will continually find ways to do so. Check your heart. Do you really desire to grow as a leader?
2. Accept correction. No one enjoys hearing they did something wrong, but many leaders view all correction as criticism rather than an opportunity to grow. Growing leaders realize that correction helps them improve so they can do better next time. (Proverbs 12:1) Check yourself. Can you take correction, even when it stings a little to hear, and turn it into something good?
3. Listen to wiser voices. Experience is the best teacher. And, all of us are surrounded by people who have grown wise through their experiences. Growing leaders glean all they can from other people. Would others consider you a wisdom seeker? Can you name, specifically, the voices you are learning from these days?
4. Invest in others. Growing leaders learn or reinforce leadership principles while helping others learn them. Sometimes, it is not until we talk through an issue with others that we find clarity in the issue ourselves. (“Give and it will be given back to you” … .) Ask yourself: Am I helping to grow other leaders? Am I allowing others to learn from my experience? Could you name those people if asked?
5. Recognize weaknesses. And strengths. When you become more aware of what you do well and what you don’t, you grow as a leader. You start investing more energy in the strengths and seek to minimize the weaknesses. Can you admit there are some things you simply aren’t good at doing? Are you confident enough to recognize your strengths?
6. Refuse mediocrity. Growing leaders push themselves beyond the limits of normalcy. Average is common. Exceptional takes work. Are you seeking to go beyond what’s expected? Are you holding yourself to standards nothing short of your very best? (Isn’t that even biblical? … ”Whatever you do … do as if unto the Lord.”)
7. Embrace failure. Falling down. Getting back up. Falling down. Getting back up. Growing leaders have learned this is a part of maturing as a leader. In honest evaluation, would you say you have allowed failure to shape you as a leader, or hold you back from all you could be as a leader?
I am certainly not suggesting this is an exhaustive list. I am advocating that growing as a leader requires intentionality on the part of the leader. It doesn’t automatically happen.
What are you doing to grow as a leader these days?