Business professionals often lack the guidance they need to grow their careers, which limits their opportunities, influence and impact.
But when they have a proven process to help them develop their emotional intelligence, relationships and skillset, they gain confidence, accelerate growth, master their goals, and succeed personally and professionally.
In this episode of One Next Step, Tricia interviewed me about how to unlock your leadership potential, a topic I'm extremely passionate about.
Here are some takeaways I shared:
1. Don’t just promote leaders.
Help them grow into one.
You can do that by helping them understand what it means to be a leader, and what it means to be a better person. That takes time; it’s an investment.
True mentorship isn’t just about passing along a book to read. It’s about building relationships that foster growth.
2. You need to understand yourself before you can really grow as a leader.
This is emotional intelligence. How do other people perceive you? It’s about how you show up and the type of influence you have in a room. A great leader is someone who can keep others accountable but can also keep themselves accountable.
Leaders without emotional intelligence lose influence and effectiveness. It’s not about changing who you are; it’s about understanding who you are.
When we start to understand how we show up, we can better understand how our leadership affects others.
3. Relationships matter.
You have to value people if you want to be a great leader. You don’t rise alone. You need a great support system with people who will advocate for you. Find people who will speak your name in a good way when you’re not around.
Leadership is about helping others become better leaders and better people. You will be leading people who are not like you. They will have different interests and respond to things differently than you.
Depending on what type of leadership position you are in, you have to work on your skillset. If you are in a manager or director role, you will be more hands on. As you rise to an executive role, you need more of a strategic skillset. If you have a skill gap, you have to identify that in order to grow and advance.