Leadership by Learning

by Jan Yuill

Cynthia D. McCauley wrote a nice article – Grow as a Leader Now – in the Harvard Management Update. Just about every point she made had to do with a person’s choice to grow as a leader … or not. Loved her short list at the end on WHERE TO FIND FRESH LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES:

  1. Reshape your current job to find new challenges within it. Rethink your approach to a current responsibility, trade tasks with a colleague, or take on a role that is needed but currently left undone.
  2. Take on temporary assignments that offer fresh challenges. Seek out projects, task forces, and onetime events and activities that you can participate in for a short period of time.
  3. Seek challenges outside the workplace. Look for ways to develop your leadership capacity in nonprofit, religious, social, and professional organizations.