Good leaders are pioneers. They know how important it is to be looking beyond what they’re comfortable with, and being open to trying new things. They understand that a certain amount of risk is healthy, and that a failure is only a true failure when they don’t learn anything from it.
Good leaders enjoy challenge, and welcome opportunities to test their abilities and skills. They create opportunities to succeed, and know that many successes will add up to great accomplishments.
Good leaders also create the kind of environment where others feel comfortable taking risks and experimenting, knowing that they are allowed and even encouraged to fail sometimes too, thereby creating more opportunities to learn and grow.
Remember, if you’re not seeking out challenges, being innovative, or finding new, more efficient ways of doing things, then you’re effectively moving backwards. Why? Because you can be sure that your competition will be looking for ways to grow, develop and improve themselves and their product and services.
Here are some ways you can add challenge and healthy risk-taking to your work: look outside your organization for new ideas; ask why things are done a certain way, and never stop looking for a better way; look for opportunities to create “small wins”; encourage healthy risk-taking in others; and look for the learning opportunities in “failures”.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
Have you ever spent all day in a corporate training seminar that seemed really valuable at the time, but then a few months down the line you found that nothing had really changed? We’ve all been to these types of events, we’ve gotten some decent lunches out of it, but that’s about all.
Classroom training is important, but it will likely not change behaviour. The carefully structured Leader’s Edge program, in addition to training and individual coaching, provides you with follow-up and on-going assessment processes and assistance to ensure the development of positive, productive behaviour.
Research indicates that when participants know that surveys or other methods of measuring process are slated to occur 3 to 15 months from the date of a training program, a higher level of commitment is created. The Leader’s Edge program includes a series of self and group assessment and The Leader’s Edge experts will assess and share the data with participants in a manner of structured on-going learning.
That equals quantifiable data and processes to go back to in order to continue your leadership management or personal career training beyond your involvement in the program. Also, by engaging in a formal program you’ll create a support system for your employees who are in leadership positions. Positive development-it’s ongoing!
The Leader’s Edge
The difference between Leader’s Edge and many of the other corporate training operations out there is that we rely on tested, practical and quantifiable ways to improve teamwork and efficiency in the workplace. Participants who come through the program approach their work with renewed purpose and applicable communication and productivity skills they put to use right away.