Even though you might already be an amazing leader, continuously working to become better should always be a priority. Regardless of your industry or stage of life, working on yourself never goes out of style and is always a worthy investment. Here are a few ways you are able to continue working on your leadership skills to become the most successful version of yourself possible:
Find or Become a Mentor
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, you need a team.”
– John Wooden
It’s the age-old piece of advice that everyone has been given: there’s no “I” in team. Getting better takes an army, and learning from a mentor will propel you forwards, not backward. Looking to someone outside of your direct circle is a great way to gain perspective, as well as learn more about your own strengths and weaknesses. If you already have a mentor you love, consider becoming one for someone else. Everyone starts somewhere, so passing on some of your experiential wisdom will fare well for your mentee, as well as yourself. Women of influence belong in your life.
Career AND Personal Development
Honing your leadership skills won’t just benefit you in your professional life, but it can be an asset in your personal life as well. Putting effort into becoming a great leader means putting time into relationships and conversations that matter. This also means knowing how to invest time into yourself and recharge. Maximum energy levels for the days ahead require a bit of downtime. Good leaders can recognize when it’s time to take a moment for themselves to fuel up and later make a positive impact.
LEAD WITH HUMILITY
A great leader knows not to take credit for a task, but rather accredit success to the team that made it possible. Including people instead of bulldozing straight ahead makes teamwork possible. A great leader also knows how to admit when mistakes were made and take responsibility where need be. Instead of playing the "blame game," being open about mistakes will foster an environment for others to follow suit and feel comfortable.
Ask for Feedback + Take It to Heart
I’m not saying taking feedback or even criticism is a favorite of many. However, it can almost always be useful for growth, whether you see where the person is coming from or not. Being able to openly and honestly talk about where you stand as a leader opens a door for criticism that can sometimes be hard to hear but critical for personal growth. Additionally, it's important to remember that not all feedback is bad. Hearing you're doing a great job can be just as beneficial as the opposite.
These four tips are just a few of many ways you are able to sharpen and develop your leadership skills and continue growing into a powerful, independent woman. Independent doesn’t mean alone; it means fearless and determined. You might already be a leader, but we’re here to help take it to the next level.