Leadership: It’s a quality hiring managers look for when interviewing potential employees; classes are taught on it, and books are written about it; organizations can’t function without it.
Leadership skills are a crucial asset that will most certainly help you develop in your career. But how can you grow in your leadership if the organization you work for doesn’t offer any training?
Don’t fret. You don’t have to be limited when it comes to developing your leadership skills.
Here are several ways you can grow as a leader:
- Read great books. There are so many great leadership books out there. Buy a bestselling leadership book and study what it says. Or search for one that speaks directly to your situation, and learn how you can make an impact in your realm of influence.
- Listen to podcasts. More and more people are creating podcasts on leadership. Podcasts are great because you can listen to them on the go, during your morning commute or while you exercise. It’s a convenient way to learn leadership skills.
- Interview a great leader. Ask questions about their experiences, like “What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned in your career?” Most people are willing to share advice to help someone grow. If you’re hungry and want to become a better leader, this is a great way to learn.
- Find a mentor. Ask someone you look up to if they will mentor you. Finding someone who can spend time with you, and who has the energy to coach you through your career, will be invaluable. You’ll gain insight by having someone who wants to see you succeed there to walk you through big decisions, and point out ways you can be better at what you do.
Ready for some good news? Our blogs are great resources to help you grow as a leader. On DavidNovakLeadership.com you will find great articles and learning guides on many relevant leadership topics like setting priorities, learning from your mistakes, dealing with setbacks, and the power of recognition. You will also find the David Novak Leadership Podcast. You’ll hear practical wisdom and insights from many of the top leaders in the country, like Target CEO, Brian Cornell; PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi, Home Depot Founder, Ken Langone, JPMorgan Chase CEO, Jamie Dimon, and many more.
Gregg Dedrick is a business executive, strategist and consultant with over 30 years of experience in personal and organizational transformation. Gregg’s tenure and experience as the past President of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Chief People Officer of Yum! Brands – the world’s largest restaurant corporation – has positioned him as a highly effective coach and teacher. Gregg understands that at the heart of every successful organization are the people who believe in it and bring it to life.
During his tenure as Chief People Officer, Gregg was credited with the development of Yum! Brands’ world-renowned recognition culture in partnership with David Novak. He has traveled around the globe teaching leadership and cultural transformation. He draws on his relationship with recognized business leaders – from global brand presidents to championship coaches – to tell the hard-learned lessons of leading others the right way.
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