Are you a leader?
What kind of a leader are you?
What are you doing to build on your leadership skills?
Great questions for self-reflection, yet many people would find these questions very difficult to answer.
Leadership Skills Are a Valued Trait
You may have been promoted and your title or position automatically elevates you to the role of a leader, but that’s not the only way you can be a leader. Your ability to influence others and move them toward a common goal also provides leadership in a powerful way.
The big question, regardless of whether you are an entrepreneur, business owner, manager, or valued team member is, “How do I become the best leader I can be?”
One of our clients, Amy, found herself asking that very question. She was a valued employee and team member. Her hard work and dependability quickly caught the attention of her manager. When the manager retired, Amy was the logical choice to replace her, but she realized, very quickly, she wasn’t prepared as a leader.
Will You Be Ready To Lead?
Amy decided to read books on leadership that provided a step-by step formula to become a strong leader. Those books provided a few pieces of the puzzle, but something was still missing.
She attended seminars and workshops in hopes that live training would be the answer. Again, helpful, but the content seemed to be the success formula for the author. The missing piece wasn’t there.
Finally, she decided to emulate some of the leaders she most admired and while it seemed like a good idea, she just didn’t feel comfortable or capable of leading like the people she admired so much.
When Amy contacted us, she was frustrated, confused, and feeling a lot of stress. We helped her identify her strengths and explore how they helped her tap into her best self. Once she had that knowledge, she was able to create a plan to develop those strengths and develop her signature skills.
Amy has the extraordinary ability to see the potential in others and help them be successful. She is a natural developer of people, but there’s more. Amy also thinks strategically, which helps position her teams for success. When you add those signature skills with her humor and sincere honesty, she is the dynamic leader that people love working for.
Amy Found Her Missing Leadership Piece
Amy realized that the key to being a confident and effective leader had been within her the whole time. She excelled in her role, enjoyed more promotions, and made valuable contributions to her organization.
There are roughly 7.6 billion people on this planet and each one of us has a different and unique set of strengths. Each one of us has our own unique way to be an effective leader. Sadly, very few will discover their strengths and develop their signature skills, those skills that activate the best if who you are.
Leadership Takes More Than Soft Skills and Hard Skills
When you develop your signature skills you:
- Are more confident
- Are more satisfied with life
- Feel healthier and have more energy
- Experience less stress
- Are more creative
- Experience faster growth and development
- Feel more satisfied and experience more meaning in your work
- Are more engaged in your work
- Are happier
You Can Develop Strong Leadership Skills
As a manager, when you develop your signature skills and focus on people’s strengths you are more likely to experience improved team performance, lower turnover, higher customer satisfaction, and higher profitability.
Are you ready to find your missing piece like Amy did? Call us at 214-335-6879 for a no-obligation strategy and action session to see how Practice To Business can help you develop your signature skills.