Drive Your Own Development as a Leader

Many top-performing companies are investing in "pull" (self-directed) leadership-development approaches. In "pull" approaches, people have extensive choice and flexibility and take more responsibility for enhancing their leadership talents.

How to fully exploit "pull" approaches? One way is to focus on the job, not the classroom. Most of a leader's development occurs through on-the-job activities and experiences, not through courses. So, take opportunities to gain critical job experiences--such as turning a group around, dealing with a problem employee, and learning from your own mistakes. Strengthen leadership skills that serve your company's strategic needs today, while also identifying skills likely to be important to your firm in the future.

Today's Management Tip of the day was adapted from "Pulling Yourself Up Through the Ranks," by Loren Gary, Harvard Management Update, October 2003.

By Editors  |  December 18, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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