As the wife of an entrepreneur and mother of two, themes of leadership are prevalent in my life. But what is the difference between a good leader, and a great one? A good leader is able to direct others to meet a targeted goal or deadline with satisfactory results. They are essentially in charge of the people who follow their lead, and take ultimate responsibility for the final results. A great leader, however, does more than simply get the job done: they inspire their company, students or children to achieve more, raise productivity levels, and, in the best case scenario, to acquire leadership skills of their own. Not all of us are born leaders, and even those who are can benefit from a leadership development program. This specialized training can help already seasoned leaders develop the skills and knowledge to provide effective, exceptional leadership in any situation or organization.
You may consider yourself a great leader and role model, but there is always improvement to be made. At leadership development training you will focus on:
Mentoring - Mentoring allows you to directly communicate what you know about leadership to others. Mentoring improves teaching and communication skills, and teaching is a great way to strengthen the knowledge you already have. Some executives have been leaders for so long that they have become out of touch with their employees; mentoring is a way to encourage communication and a sharing of ideas from both parties. Coaching your peers is an invaluable way for you to enhance your leadership qualities while improving your faculties for listening, answering questions, and conversing with others in general.
Personal Coaching - Yes, you’re already a leader, but how well will you handle constructive criticism? When people in positions of leadership allow themselves to be coached by their peers at leadership development training, it can open up a whole new level of awareness into how they have been approaching leadership thus far. Awareness is the beginning point of change and improvement. At first, you might find yourself responding negatively to a peer’s suggestions for improvement, but the experience will leave you better equipped for a time when those roles are reversed, and you are about to offer criticism to an employee yourself.
Professional Networking – There really isn’t any textbook definition of leadership; new strategies are invented all the time and there are countless ways to approach managing and leading. Connecting with other like-minded professionals in leadership development training will give you the chance to share your stories of leadership with others, and to hear what has and hasn’t worked for them. A good leader gets people to listen, but a great leader listens to others, and learns from them.