With the Memorial Day Holiday behind us, summer has officially begun. For most of us, the summer season brings its own mix of changes. Graduations, weddings, family reunions, and hopefully some much needed vacation time to rest, play, and just enjoy the summer sun. From church, to family, to the business world, summer has a different rhythm.
But summer is a great time for a leadership pause to assess your own development as a leader. The #1 thing you need to do this summer is assess and refresh your own leadership development plan.The #1 thing you need to do this summer is assess and refresh your own leadership development plan. Click To Tweet
Here are some questions and actions to jump-start your summer leadership focus:
- Are you growing as a leader or are you coasting?
What new discipline do you need to add or refresh (marketing, technology, finance, product development, international business, Old Testament and/or New Testament survey, and more)?
- Who is stretching you and challenging you to grow?
Are you just talking to people you are comfortable with or are you reaching out beyond your network to learn and engage in new ways? Are you talking with your customers (those who love you and those who have left you)? Are you talking to leaders who are leading a larger or more complex organization that yours?
- What new skills do you need to add to your leadership toolbox?
This is different than disciplines (#1) this is about the nuts and bolts of leadership. Skills in making presentations, speaking, planning, writing, social media, negotiation/conflict management, leading meetings, developing others, etc.
- How are you learning from millennials and from generation Z?
Who on your team are you meeting with? What customers or future customers are you meeting with in these groups? What research are you studying (or leading) to increase your knowledge of this group’s impact on your future?
- What new technology tools are you adding to your leadership toolbox?
A simple way to make a quick list is to send an email to a top ten list of leaders and ask what new tools they are using. Make sure you have some millennial leaders in the mix!
- What global experience is in your plans to expand your leadership view?
A broader view of the world is critical for all of us and essential as we lead in today’s global economy.
- As a leader of faith, how are you growing to be more like Christ?
In what areas of your life are you serving others where your leadership name is unknown to the group you serve?
- How are you serving in your church and in your community?
What new ministry do you need to lead? How are you giving back? How are you using your gifts to encourage, strengthen, and develop others in the faith community?
- What have you been putting off doing as a leader that you need to do?
Maybe make personal changes in your life like adding a regular exercise plan to your calendar (this is mine to own!), or make that organizational change you know is needed, or add a new leader to your leadership table. Go ahead and take action now.
- Get feedback.
Ask leaders on your team, and get feedback from leaders who know you outside your team, from your pastor or other ministry leaders, and from your family and closest friends. Ask 3 simple questions: How do you think I am doing overall? What strengths do you see in me? What areas of growth or improvement would you recommend?
This summer, don’t miss the opportunity to grow, learn, and develop as a leader. Don’t be a victim to your own development but own it and take action. When fall starts up, you will be glad you did.Development is really about you making sure that you're growing in all areas of your life. Click To Tweet
“The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the LORD, they thrive in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green, to declare : “The LORD is just; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” Psalm 92:12-15
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What would you add to a summer development plan?