Where should you start if you are ready to take action and cultivate your unique leadership style? Here are some tips:
- First, develop a strong base of self-awareness to build confidence in who you are and the value you have to offer. Take time to explore your values and strengths - assessments such as Strengths Finder, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and others, can be useful for drawing attention to what makes you unique.
- Next, understand your priorities and be clear on what you want to have, be and do in your lifetime. This will help determine the direction you want head in and serve as a checkpoint for identifying whether or not you are on track. Visualizations and vision boards can be useful in this area.
- The next step involves enlisting the support of others to help you on your journey. Seek out mentors, coaches, and sponsors who will take a personal interest in your development. Expand your network and take advantage of professional groups both locally (eg Lean In Circles) and online (eg 85 Broads). The road may be challenging but you don’t have to go it alone.
- Finally, you need to muster all of your courage and take action. Shift your mindset from “I’m not ready to do that” to “I’ll learn by doing it.” Turn disappointments into opportunities to learn, grow, and further develop your resilience and confidence.
And remember, opportunities are not always given - they must be seized.