The truth is that the best leaders are the best learners. Leadership can be learned. It is an observable pattern of practices and behaviors, and a definable set of skills and abilities. Skills can be learned, and when we track the progress of people who participate in leadership development programs, we observe that they improve over time.
In 2015, I attended a StandOut strengths assessment certification training with The Marcus Buckingham Company. I connected immediately with the description provided on my own strengths. Since then I’ve been incorporating the assessment into my training and 1:1 coaching. I love helping people see just how awesome they are and helping them leverage their innate strengths to make a greater positive impact in their work and life.
I recently had the opportunity to serve a young leader through 1:1 coaching and team development. We spent part of our 1:1 time discussing the very real challenges faced by her and her team and then spent the other part focusing on her strengths to lead the team forward. The most stretching part of our conversation wasn’t discussing the challenges but rather the struggle to accept the positive feedback.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, it was built EVERY day.
We know that teams have the potential to achieve great results but getting teams to work together well is one of the greatest challenges leaders face. Fortunately, what is needed to be an effective team can be learned.
Facilitating team development trainings provides a unique view into what does and doesn’t work well for teams. Over time, I’ve consistently seen the best teams apply these 7 practices to achieve great results:
Leaders must model the attitude, commitment, and leadership behaviors they are advocating for others.
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