Which card game best describes your company’s leadership development efforts?
Are you a leader or member of a dysfunctional workplace team? Which one of the following reality TV shows does your dysfunctional team represent?
When you think of leadership development do you get excited about it? Do you dread it or fear it? Are you unsure whether you think it’s for you or lack the confidence to know what to do? Have you participated in training programs that left you wanting more?
Experience across different departments and functions is one key skill companies look for when deciding who to promote to the next level. Take the initiative this year and ask for additional responsibilities by working on a new project, preferably in an area you haven’t worked in before. If your boss doesn’t have any ideas, seek out other team leaders or discuss it with the HR department. If you can’t find an internal business project, consider heading up a new recycling effort at your company, sign-up more company volunteers for a local charity, or lead a company-wide fitness challenge. Any effort on your part to take a leadership role and develop new skills will raise your profile among the leaders at your organization.
Earlier this month Becky Dannenfelser and Conni Todd presented a workshop based on our book, Tough Talk: Ten Tips for Disarming Difficult Conversations to the PMI Atlanta Chapter. It was a great evening and Becky and Conni truly appreciated the interactions with the audience who were very sophisticated and engaged with the topic. And a special thanks to Mike Ososki for the following article which originally appeared here.