When I was working out last night, I was wishing I could hire a personal trainer. Someone to just give me some pointers and tips. I do ok. I have a routine, I am fairly fit and flexible, but would love some fine tuning to take it to the next level. It got me thinking about how leaders need constant fine tuning too and should always be looking for help with that.
Nothing ever stays the same in this world and while you may be a great leader, there is always fine tuning that can happen as you are faced with challenges and change. That is were training and support comes in. Consider what you are doing to learn and grow.
First, formal training. You may look at courses to advance your post secondary education. It doesn't mean you have to complete your degree in two years, it means that you have a focus and an intent to work towards growing and learning, one step at a time. It could be workshops and training in your community. Other agencies and organizations regularly offer training. If you aren't finding something that meets your needs, create it yourself. See if your organization will sponsor training. Partner with others who are like minded to put training on together. Apply for funding to support it. Don't take the easy way out and say, there's nothing I want to take.
Next, read, read, read. There are tons of books, articles and websites on leadership, management and supervision. Use them! Set aside time daily or weekly to get your fill of best practices. Find an area that especially interests you and research that for a while. It might be mindful leadership, strengths based leadership or appreciative inquiry. Check them out and read. Just like you need to schedule time in to physically workout each week, you need to schedule time in to train your mind as well. Check out my reading list for some book ideas.
Finally, ask for help. There are many people who can give you pointers, supervision, coaching and mentoring. While taking courses and reading are hugely helpful, applying what you've learned can sometimes be the tricky part. I know "how" to do a proper crunchy, but boy would I love someone with expertise in fitness to watch me and give me tips of how to do it better! We make up this story often that says if I ask for help I look weak, incompetent and unfit for the postion. In reality what it really means is that you striving to be the best in the field and you will be admired for that.
As for me, maybe I should ask my brother-in-law the bodybuilder for pointers!
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