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Developing Your Leadership Skills Before Stepping Into High-Responsibility Roles

Developing Your Leadership Skills Before Stepping Into High-Responsibility Roles
Posted By: Anita Ginsburg on December 22, 2021

Some individuals naturally rise to fill leadership roles, whether it's at work, in your community, in your family, or in other areas of your life. Others might not be as naturally fit for leadership. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t step up to fill those roles. If you are interested in preparing for eventual leadership, you can start developing your skills now. Then you will be ready for the opportunity when it comes.

Find a Mentor


Join a local business organization or civic club to learn about local companies. Look for someone who might be willing to mentor your professional growth. This could be a retiree or a consultant who has time and the inclination to help others develop their leadership aptitude. You may want to schedule a monthly chat over coffee or by phone to share a few questions and glean valuable insights from the expert's experience.

Take Some Classes


You might try signing up for classes in business, leadership, or human behavior.



If you enjoy learning about topics like these, you may want to enroll in a leadership development program to more fully understand various aspects of leading others through a series of courses, seminars, workshops, and activities that can prepare you for the future. In addition to the training you will receive, you can meet knowledgeable instructors and interested students with whom you might form study groups or project teams.

Try Job Shadowing


As you get to know leaders in the local community, see if job shadowing opportunities are available. Whether for one day or weekly sessions over a period of time, observing leaders in action can show you how it works in the real world. You can see interactions between leaders and others as well as get an idea of the leadership style you prefer for yourself. After each onsite visit, you may be able to ask questions and discuss the reasons behind some of the decisions that were made.

Volunteer


You can also offer to volunteer at area companies where you can help a busy leader by scheduling meetings or organizing events. You may have the chance to develop new skills and make valuable professional contacts by assisting someone in a leadership position. That person might provide a helpful job reference when needed or refer you to colleagues who are looking to hire someone like you.

Make the most of your time to get familiar with local leaders who can guide you or provide insight to how they manage people at their company. When the time comes for you to step up, you will be ready.
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