The Investment of Leadership
I love this short blurb I got from the book, “Speed of Trust” by Stephen M.R. Covey…”I’ll never forget what one CEO said about the risk of investing in a focused training initiative for his company. Someone asked him, “What if you train everyone and they all leave?” He responded, “What if we don’t train them and they all stay?”
There are many viewpoints about investment in leadership. How do you invest in your leadership? I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at various events about leadership and there certainly are different levels of interest when it comes to one’s own degree of interest in leadership.
Here are some questions from the book to help you evaluate your style of leadership:
- How effective is my current style in approaching problems and opportunities and interacting with others?
- Does my approach facilitate or get in the way of accomplishing what needs to be done?
- What can I do to improve the way in which I go about doing things?
Answering those questions is a good start to your personal investment in your leadership growth. Here are some of my questions which may help as well
- Am I consistent with my actions and words? Do I do what I say I am going to do and do what I expect others to do?
- Have I written or reviewed my personal or organizational mission? Do I clearly tell the world what I am about, why I (or my business) exists, and why I have chosen my goals?
- Do I focus most on the best qualities of those whom I influence? Doing so changes the dynamic of any group and helps each person feel good about him or herself, and, therefore do better for the organization.
Investing in your leadership skills can help improve your business, your career, and your life.