John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Before we can lead others, we must evaluate our own leadership. We must get a clear picture of ourselves, understand the impact we have on others and develop ourselves as leaders because leaders have influence on future leaders. An evaluation of your leadership effectiveness is needed for multiple reasons:
- Identifying strong points allows you to grow confident by building on your strengths.
- Without evaluation, you may not realize that some of your approaches jeopardize your most positive influence. This may cause you to continue actions that limit your effectiveness in leadership.
- You need to identify needed changes in habits, behaviors and actions so others can view you as a role model.
Jack Welch stated, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Developing others is an outgrowth of strong leadership, and this includes growing your employees’ self-confidence and skills. This kind of development is what employees today are seeking. Eighty-seven percent of the younger generations state that training is a top priority in their job search. More than half of new employees felt they were not adequately trained to do their job.
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How are you developing yourself as a leader so that you can develop others? Contact Troy Continuing Education & Outreach and allow us to assist you in identifying your strengths and weaknesses and in creating your self-development action plan so that you can grow confident in your strengths, and in turn, develop others.
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Outreach Director, Continuing Education and Outreach, Troy University