It’s important to note that leaders aren’t necessarily born. They develop themselves.

They don’t settle or languish. They evolve by constantly assessing their progress for improvement.

Here’s how to grow into a leader:

1. Know and hone your strengths

Leaders aren’t perfect in all aspects of business. At the top of the ladder of success, they are usually generalists with achievements in key areas that matter.

Leaders are confronted by many broad issues, so it helps that they’ve had many different experiences earlier in their careers. That’s important to qualify for a C-level job.

2. Understand your weaknesses and that of your organization

Your personal weaknesses need to be turned into strengths by studying successful people and seeking the help of a mentor — someone who has qualities you want.

Otherwise, your shortcomings will counteract your strengths. They’ll also adversely impact your ability to identify and solve problems. One major key to business problem-solving often means compartmentalizing.

3. Be genuine and honest for employee trust

You can inspire others to higher performance, if you ask open-ended questions. Wait for the answers and actively listen to your employees.

Remember you can power your brand with employee empowerment. Only then, is it likely that they’ll buy into your vision for growth.

In all, there are 18 leadership strategies for employee respect.

4. Be heedful and stay focused

That means being attentive. Prepare for your leadership role with strategic planning. Anticipate new trends. Be ready to modify your approach when conditions change.

Otherwise, you risk falling behind the competition or you’ll miss opportunities for growth and business profit.

5. Don’t get lost by focusing too much on business

Striking a balance between career and personal life is important. Remove stress factors to energize your career.

6. Stay informed

Leaders are constantly learning in self awareness and marketplace competition. They’re contemporary in that they stay relevant and change with the times. That’s why leaders and potential leaders constantly read about trends and successful people — no matter what industry — successful strategies in one sector are often applicable in others.

They focus on critical thinking for thought leadership. They know the differences between actual leaders and mere caretaking managers.

7. Develop a succession plan

Think ahead. Look into the future. Companies that promote their chief executives from inside vis-à-vis recruiting from the outside have a much higher financial-success rate.

Leaders identify and nurture their human, intellectual capital. Indeed, there’s a link between financial performance and succession planning.

8. Have an exit strategy

Change happens. You might hit a tsunami. You might decide to try a different venture. You might want to retire. Whether you’re planning for your career or your business, develop an exit strategy.

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“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”

-Peter Drucker


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.