Can you afford to ignore leadership development?

Have you found yourself thrusted into a leadership position?  You were once the star employee and now you have professionally leaped into a leadership position that will influence everyone around you.  How does this “leap” affect you, your work, and your leadership development skills?

Great leaders are expected to move into these roles while influencing the direction of their company.  Before successfully conquering this move, you must first understand the difference between a star employee and a leader.

Star employee roles versus leader roles

Star employees’ help their superiors shine in a variety of ways.  Leaders help star employees in maximizing resources, support and time.  Leaders are responsible for staff and all the different personalities that come along with them.  Leaders are responsible for managing people in comparison to star employees who are merely responsible for performing their jobs.

As leaders move up the chain of company command, they are forced to deal with the politics of the company.  Star employees focus on their own tasks and every day activities.  The “stars” shine without much effort and leaders are expected to shine no matter what.  If a leader is not shinning in some sort or fashion, he or she is not fulfilling their jobs as leaders.

The following are tips to help you understand the foundation of great leaders:

Leads by example while focusing on the mission at hand

They have a passion for implementing company visions no matter the disapproval involved.  They do not waste time on every day activities; instead, they focus on the direction the company needs to go.

The ability to inspire people

They are confident and comfortable in whom they are and what they have to relay to staff members and management.

Rarely questions themselves

Leaders listen to their inner voices while having the confidence to trust it.  These people tend to listen often to their “gut instinct” while having the confidence to go with it.  Great leaders must be devoted to their gut instinct while trusting it to guide them professionally.

They are not selfish

Unlike star employees, they are not focused on improving themselves and instead focus on what is best for the company.

Knows when to seek advice

Great leaders realize that expertise that others can bring into their professional circle.  They also realize that certain tasks instigate the need for vital support in order to warrant success.  They are not ashamed to enlist the services of respected bosses, executive coaches and mentors in forming support teams.

They love what they do while proving their passion to their staff and everyone around them

They take risks while realizing the importance of pushing themselves to the next professional dimension.  Great leaders never turn their back on their responsibilities, no matter how difficult or easy the task becomes.

They never quit

Leaders overcome and embrace obstacles that stand in their way of achieving a company task.  This allows them to readily apply their knowledge of overcoming professional obstacles while allowing their staff and management to learn how to overcome their own obstacles.

In order to lead, you must follow

They trust authority and prove loyalty to them.  Have you ever heard, “he or she was born to be a leader?”  This might prove true however, one must realize that no matter how great a leader is, they first learned from someone else.

Leaders inspire their staff and management to focus on obstacles as well as ways to overcome them.  They achieved the desired goals while always striving to be a little better than the last time.  Leadership development proves vital to any company.  A company’s duration is only as long in comparison to the quality of  leadership development stressed by senior-level management.

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