Were back everyone and today we will be talking to another engineer, Amanda Conger from Alabama. Amanda made a very critical yet elegantly simple point in her response to how she develops as a leader.
I think the method that works best for becoming a leader is very simple–put yourself in situations where you must be one.
This is very important advice and dovetails nicely with much of the feedback we have received thus far. By positioning yourself to lead you have a sort of trial by fire opportunity to learn how to do so. What I love about this advice is that for those of us still searching for what we want to be when we grow up, this is as extreme as test driving. Taking on a role that allows us to get first hand experience in something we think we may like will provide invaluable input into career decisions later on. Ultimately this will provide an avenue for a potential leader to connect with their passions.
Amanda followed this point up with another great piece of advice learn from others then practice, practice, practice.
I think a lot can be learned from observing others you consider to be good leaders, reading books/blogs/websites, attending courses, etc, but it all comes to nil if you don’t give yourself an opportunity to practice what you are learning.
So a very practical approach to leadership training and development from Amanda, thank you. Remember that learning is a core skill of an effective leader and was one of our seven tops for leadership effectiveness.
How are you learning how to lead today?
Post a comment on the blog, enter into the discussion. Most importantly remember the advice of those who get things done…
Ready… Fire… Aim