Introduction to Growing as a Leader
If you have become a manager recently. your promotion isn’t the end of the line. You’ve only just begun the leadership journey. Becoming a leader qualifies you to lead others, but your skills will grow over time making you more and more effective. Growing as a leader should always be the goal whether you’ve just begun or you’ve been leading for years.
Common Leadership Traits
The best leaders have 3 traits in common. They generally are :
Being confident, considerate, and consistent are not static things. They change all the time. Being confident wanes from time to time when work throws curve balls. Being kind and considerate of others can be a challenge when you’re overly stressed or worried. Consistency gets jeopardized when life is overwhelming or underwhelming. That’s why great leaders are always working on these areas of their lives.
Maintaining Growth as a Leader
Here are some practical ways to keep growing as a leader in the areas of confidence, consideration, and consistency.
Pay Attention to what Gets You Down
We all have the triggers that affect our confidence. It’s possible to be highly confident in one area of life and completely wrecked in another. Pay attention to what gets you down at certain points of life. Your confidence might need to be bolstered here and there, even when you’re leading. Life’s circumstances can trigger areas where you don’t feel strong. Seek to find solutions when you feel your confidence get weak and you’ll be able to overcome your insecurities and become a more effective leader in the process.
Pay Attention when You Feel Disinterested
When life’s firing on all cylinders it’s easy to be kind and considerate. People respect leaders who are fair and decent. They resist leaders who are harsh, unrealistic, and mean. Your off-duty life could be affecting your on-duty leadership. If you’re going through a tough time, it’s a great time to stretch and grow and learn new stress management techniques or how to overcome overwhelm. Whether you are leading a community project or a team at work, being considerate is a primary character trait of successful leadership.
Pay Attention When You Are Erratic
One of the key characteristics of great leadership is dependability and consistency. That how you show up is the same today, tomorrow, and down the line. The surest thing to breach trust with others is to be erratic. When it comes to leadership, consistency is key. If you find that you are going through a season where you’re dropping the ball or you are acting in unpredictable ways, it’s a great time to grow as a leader and learn how to manage yourself and get back on track.
Leadership is not a destination, it’s a journey. Being an effective leader includes the commitment to grow. The issues you face today, won’t be the same tomorrow. The people you lead on and off duty will cause you to need new skills. Keep focused on your confidence, consideration, and consistency so you can grow and maintain high-quality leadership skills.
2. Seek out learning opportunities and invest in your own growth
3. Take on new challenges and push yourself outside of your comfort zone
4. Build relationships with others who can help you grow and support your development
5. Find ways to give back and share what you’ve learned with others.