Thinking that one “knows it all” and that there is nothing more to learn is the quickest way to get ignored when choice assignments are handed out, or passed over for a promotion.
The following questions and answers can help business people prepare themselves for their next step, regardless of where they are in their career.
Q. What further training is beneficial for improving the chances of being in a leadership role?
A. Formal education is only the beginning. In fact, the skills needed for leadership are often overlooked in the frantic quest for a business degree. Despite years of education, many people entering the workforce today lack the abilities to adapt to a corporate culture. They often lack in the ability to see the big picture, skillfully present themselves and their ideas to others, communicate effectively and diffuse conflict when it occurs. In addition to these skills, they need to know the “how-to’s” of business etiquette and social dining. And, most importantly they need to know how to make decisions that go beyond their own best interest and are of benefit to their organization.
Q. Can additional training really help someone advance?
A. If an individual is committed to lifelong learning and is willing to put in the time and effort, the skills of leadership can be learned and, in time, mastered. No matter what innate abilities people have, they can gain new insights and grow in exciting new ways.
These new skills and insights get employees noticed anew by supervisors, managers and colleagues. The result is that they are reevaluated on the strength of their newfound abilities. This leads to more challenging projects, enhanced visibility and an upward spiral of recognition within the organization.
Q. What about senior executives with time constraints and more unique needs, how can they meet on-going learning goals?
A. Time is a premium for most executives. At the same time, it’s difficult for people at that level to get the feedback they need. In some cases, major failings have been known to damage an otherwise sterling career. In situations like this, personal executive coaches can provide a great service. They can be objective, offer advice/instruction and adapt to the demanding schedule of the executive.
Most employers are very supportive when they discover employees who are willing to put in the time and effort to develop their leadership skills. They know that employees who gain additional knowledge and skills are more highly motivated producers and are more likely to remain with the company. Lifelong learning is a major cornerstone of confidence, one that will help any level business professional build a successful career.
Debbie Darling - © 2013 – The Presentation Pros™