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10 Ways For New Leaders To Develop Their Leadership Skills

Source | | Forbes Coaches Council

Being a leader doesn’t mean you know everything there is to know about leadership. In fact, the best leaders are the ones who pursue their own education. Leadership, after all, is not about being an expert in your industry — it’s about being an expert in people management.

Making time to improve your leadership skills helps everyone on your team do their jobs better. Find a way to weave in time for learning into your day, whether it’s by soliciting feedback, reading a book focused on leadership on your commute, or asking your company to hire a coach.

Here are 10 ways to pursue a leadership education from Forbes Coaches Council members:

10 Ways New Leaders Can Pursue An Education In Leadership

From left to right: Dean Miles, Sally Fox, Doug Thorpe, Laura DeCarlo, Chris Robinson, Bill Gardner, Virginia Franco, Corey Blake, Tina Dietz, Laura Garnett. All photos courtesy of the individual members.

1. Pursue Feedback

Ken Blanchard says, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Excellent leaders are characterized by aggressively pursuing feedback. You will never graduate with a degree in leadership from the school of “no news is good news.” After most “enlightening” experiences, circle back and ask what went well and what could’ve been better. Be relentless in your pursuit of receiving feedback.   – Dean MilesBridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

2. Share What You Know With Others

If you want to learn — teach. Those of us who teach leadership professionally know this secret: We have to develop ourselves, keep learning, and model what we believe. No matter where you are in your career, you can mentor others, offer what you know, share your questions, exchange insights, and keep learning. By so doing, you’ll further your own education.   – Sally FoxEngaging Presence

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