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Volume 1, Issue 35

Tips for Personal Leadership Development

To be a great leader, you must be a continual learner, writes one management guru.

Kevin Eikenberry, head of a management consulting firm, recently wrote about a strategy that he says any manager can employ to become a more effective leader. His advice includes:

  • Just keep learning. "Look for opportunities to practice your leadership skills (at work or otherwise)," he writes.
  • Get some feedback. "Whether formally or informally, ask people for their feedback on how you are doing," he writes. "Then be diligent about capturing what you heard so you can go back to review and gain additional perspective."
  • Self-assess. "Spend some time thinking about how you feel about your ability in the various skills you need to lead," he writes.
  • Work on things you love. "While you must recognize and work on weaknesses ... you must also work on your strengths," he writes. "Think about the things you enjoy or already excel at. Ask yourself how you can get 5 percent better at those things."
  • Find a mentor. "Find someone who has perspectives and skills you don't have and humbly ask for their help," he writes. "Chances are they will say yes."
  • Avoid comparisons. "While you should observe and try to learn from others, don't compare yourself in a way that discourages you or [that you] try to imitate," he writes. "You are you, and no one will lead exactly as you do—and that is a good thing."

This article is from the March 12, 2012 issue.

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