Many professional people want to get on in their career. They see success in terms of how far they climb the career ladder. Many aspire to get to senior level leadership and management roles.
They may work really hard to build a range of skills and attributes to become effective leaders.
Then when they reach that senior level something changes. Perhaps they think they have made it and can ease up now on their professional and personal development.
But is this realistic?
Think about it. The more senior you become, the bigger decisions you are making. The outcome of those decisions have consequences for you personally as you are more likely to be accountable for results.
If you are seeing leadership as a destination and indication that you have made it, you are more than likely deluding yourself.
Rather than seeing moving into senior management or leadership as a destination, see it as just being the start.
The start of a new phase where the skills, qualities and attributes that you have developed so far are just the foundations for the next phase in your leadership journey.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.