Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Being a leader is entirely up to you

If you are a manager or an aspiring manager who wants to rise within the organization, but you don’t feel your company does enough to develop managers, you are in big trouble. Companies, even those who develop managers well, do not offer as many development opportunities as they could. And for people who think their organization should offer more, know this…they never will.

Especially in lean times, one cannot expect an organization to spend much time and energy developing managers. Why should you? It is your responsibility, and yours alone, to develop yourself into a great leader. What are you waiting for? Are you waiting for that three day manager training class in August to transform your leadership effectiveness or are you waiting for that three day session so you can get away from the office?

The best leaders…those who excel at getting the most out of their people do not wait for companies to offer training programs. They attend the training programs, work hard in them, get the most out of them, and most importantly, they take action immediately on what they learned.

It does not stop there.

The best leaders read books, observe other great leaders, and have the attitude that it is their responsibility to become a great leader.

Becoming a great leader is entirely up to you. What are you waiting for?

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