Thought Leadership: Six Steps for Upping Your Game

It’s lonely at the top. You’ve heard this before and perhaps you are experiencing it now. Leadership is not easy, in fact, it is downright tough most days. Yet if you are destined to lead - and you can evolve your skills to continuously improve over time - you will learn to soar. Not just because you are succeeding, but because everyone around you is.

Leadership, after all is not about you; it’s about those who choose to follow your vision. That’s an important “aha moment” for emerging leaders, especially those who have decided to take the important leap to scale:  that is, that moment you decide to charge forward and grow the enterprise you are working in by taking your own game to the next level.

So what’s your “game”?  You are going to have to think about how you define this. It’s something that Joanne Sigurdson, author of the Knowledge Bureau certificate course Business Leadership, Culture, and Continuity outlines extremely well. Here’s an excerpt from the program:

Upping your game will involve balancing six important elements within your sphere of influence:

  • Your leadership presence
  • Your culture
  • Team development
  • Time management
  • More effective delegation
  • The enhancement of  your technical skills in your field, simply because, the pace of change is exponentially more rapid today than it was when you started your current business cycle, and you need to keep on top and ahead of this trend.

“How well you develop your personal leadership skills during an important growth phase – like the one we are in today- will have a significant impact on your ultimate success. It also affects the long-term value you are building in your business”, says Joanne, who will be one of the dynamic leaders at the Knowledge Bureau’s Business Builder Retreat.

There are, indeed, critical elements to building a successful and scalable business and it’s important that you understand why and how your leadership style and skills will impact your growth as you move from hands-on “management” of your company to leadership in its true sense: making it about your talented team instead of about you.

Are you a leader in a growth-oriented organization and interested in learning more? Enrol and start online now: completion of the Business Leadership, Culture, and Continuity course provides credits towards the MFA – Executive Business Growth Specialist program.

Space is limited – register now to join us at one of this year’s Business Builder Retreats – taking place this June in Winnipeg, and in Puerto Vallarta in November in conjunction with the Distinguished Advisor Conference; The Conference for Leaders.

Additional educational resources: Business leaders, you’ll also want to get your hands on Defusing the Family Business Time Bomb, by Evelyn Jacks and Jenifer Bartman!


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