3 Areas You Must Focus On to Grow as a Leader

Your team’s success depends on your ability to lead it. The more you grow as a leader, the better it is for your team (and for you). Therefore, you should continually strive to become a better leader.

As you seek to grow as a leader, there are a few things you must keep in mind. More specifically, in this post, I want to focus on three areas to help you grow as a leader.

1. Purpose

Some people, no matter how hard they try, would struggle to lead in a corporate setting, whereas they would excel in the military or sports. Not everyone is meant to lead in the same field. And you must find your “place.”

You’re designed to express your leadership gift in a specific area(s). You’ll struggle as a leader if you’re misplaced. Therefore, you should reflect on your “place” of leadership. Of course, this can change as your career progresses.

Growing as a leader requires that you be planted in your place of purpose. You must have the assurance that you’re where you designed to be. This sense of purpose shapes your vision and gives you a drive that propels you forward and attracts the right followers to you.

2. Authenticity

Authenticity is essential for effective leadership. Some people are paralyzed by the image they have of what a leader should look like and behave. Perhaps they think that leaders are charismatic extroverts that have answers to all questions. These people struggle to grow as leaders because they try to fit that model. However, despite their best efforts, they fall short; the model isn’t made for them.

Leaders come in all shapes and shades. You’re not meant to lead like anyone else. Growing as leaders requires that you express your true essence. To become an effective leader, you must be who you are and not imitate anyone else. The minute you let go of imitation, you begin to lead as you’re designed to lead.

3. Skills

Growing as a leader in any context requires that you sharpen your skills. Each setting may call for slightly different abilities. However, there are general skills that apply in most contexts. In fact, becoming a better communicator will help you in most leadership context. Leaders are called to communicate: they need to cast their vision, give instructions, provide feedback, etc.

Likewise, sharpening your conflict resolution skills will help you no matter your field of endeavor. Whether you lead a sports team or a musical band or a tech group, you’ll have to deal with conflicts.

When you consider your area of leadership, what skills are indispensable to your success? Answering this question will tell you which skills you should be working on improving.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.