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By guest author Elena Stewart. Elena is a certified life coach who works with entrepreneurs and aspiring corporate leaders.
Leadership can be difficult to quantify in some ways. Most of us recognize how deeply leadership affects us, with better leaders bringing out our better traits and poor leaders bringing out the worst. They influence how we feel about ourselves and our journey, they pull teams together or break them apart, and they guide us toward or away from our goals.
Whether you’re an elementary school teacher or entrepreneur, if you’re ready to advance your leadership capabilities for the better, the following resources will help.
Are you thinking about taking a class or two? The internet is filled with terrific learning opportunities:
● Looking for accreditation, as better institutions will meet certain academic standards.
● Earning an online master’s degree in a subject that is pertinent to your development.
● Not interested in paying for a class? Sites like YouTube have an abundance of educational videos you can watch without spending a penny.
● Alternatively, you can take advantage of the free online classes offered by universities such as Harvard, which provide courses on everything from religion to programming.
Engage Your Network
Traditional networking events aren’t the only way to engage with mentors, peers, colleagues, and associates. Rethink those tired mixers, canceled conferences, and dusty business dinners with these tips from Harvard Business Review.
● Canceled events are opportunities if you look up the previous year’s itinerary, select key people with whom you’d like to connect, and reach out.
● Enlist your favorite web meeting app for virtual cocktails with colleagues near and far.
● Who is on your meeting wish-list? Whether it’s an industry leader, your mentor, or a former supervisor, invite that person to your next online group meeting.
This article from Inc. helps you examine basic habits you can improve right now that will make you a better leader:
● When you make a mistake, be ready with an apology.
● We live in a hurried world, but it pays to analyze situations before developing a response.
● Offer praise and positive feedback readily but be slow to criticize.
● Failure is part of growth, so when you experience it, embrace it, and learn from it.
It’s time to set your sights on growth. Think about online courses, books, networking opportunities, and simply looking deeper into your own habits. With a few positive plans, you can take your leadership to the next level.
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