Improving How You Lead and Communicate Without Going Back to School

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Sep 10, 2019

Leaders should never stop learning

It’s back to school time. That got me thinking about some leaders I know who could benefit from a “back to school” mentality when it comes to how they lead and communicate: 

  • The leader I talked with who doesn’t think he has any opportunities to be better
  • The young professional from a leading global corporation who thought change management strategies were all common sense, and therefore not worth her time to understand
  • The senior executive who was cognizant of everyone else’s communication issues, yet didn’t realize how he was contributing to low morale

Each – in his or her own way – was struggling with a significant business change they were leading, yet wondered why the change efforts weren’t succeeding as they had hoped. 

Each was either unwilling to hold a mirror up to himself and/or didn’t believe what he or she was seeing in the mirror. It’s easy to deflect or blame others; it’s much harder to look inward. 

What Effective Leaders Do

Every turn in life provides an opportunity to learn. The most effective leaders are also students in the sense that they are focused on continuing to learn and grow:

  • They know leadership starts with knowing oneself.
  • They are open to others, and what others bring to the table.
  • They approach conversations and think, “What can I learn from this person?” 
  • They regularly take time to reflect and take stock. 
  • They examine their beliefs and in many cases change them. 
  • And so much more.

On what topic might you need to be a student today?

—David Grossman


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