We are increasingly hearing about the financial challenges facing organisations and how difficult it is for employees to get funding for leadership development.
While it is always great to have the opportunity to take formal training, there are many simple and effective ways to develop your leadership capability.
I am amazed just how underutilised this is as a way of developing leadership capability. Spending a day shadowing someone at a senior level will give you great insights into the reality of the role and also the opportunity to see the strategies they use to handle different situations. Often the only thing that stops people from doing this is that they don’t ask.
Bigger organisations can provide opportunities for people to take a secondment to another part of the business. This might be for 3 months or even a year. It’s ideal when you want to build your skill set and step out of your comfort zone.
I used to love being part of project teams as you got to interact with people from different disciplines, learned a bundle of new skills and developed yourself as a person.
It is amazing how mentoring someone else can also be a great opportunity for you to grow and develop a host of skills like listening, questioning, providing feedback and constructively challenging. Who in your organisation is looking for a mentor like you?
The truth is that the best person to take responsibility for your leadership development is you. So what are you waiting for?
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps accountants and health professionals to become highly effective leaders and managers. He invites you to take advantage of his free audio e-course Leadership Success at www.goalsandachievements.co.uk
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 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.