Leading by Example: The Fundamental Principles of Leadership That Many Top Executives Forget

“He who is not busy being born is busy dying.” – Bob Dylan

What can an anti-materialist folk singer teach the executives of the world about being great leaders? A whole lot, according to Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith. At the 2016 HR Directors Business Summit, Goldsmith explained, “The world changes so rapidly, if you’re not focused on continuous improvement, you’re probably going to be going backward.” No matter how high you climb on the corporate ladder, there’s always something more you could be doing to improve yourself and lead the way to business growth. Here are just a few ways you can make sure you don’t plateau after a string of business successes.

Leadership Coaching

Once you become a master of your art, the next step is to teach others, right? According to Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching certification program, “Leadership coaching helps clarify vision, beliefs, and values, and stretches the capacity to lead and influence. Leaders then become catalysts for change within their organizations.” You can obtain formal certification through one of these programs to further enhance your skills or find a program within your own organization. Speaking engagements and industry conferences offer additional opportunities to hone your skills and share what you’ve learned.

Podcasts on Leadership

The popularity of podcasts has nearly doubled in the last decade, with the percentage of Americans listening regularly in 2015 at 17 percent, according to a recent Pew Research poll. The same poll revealed that over one-third of Americans say they have listened to at least one podcast. Listening to leadership podcasts can teach you tremendous skills and expose you to useful and surprising ideas. (To that end, please consider checking out the Advance Your Leadership podcast on iTunes! We cover diverse topics, like how to understand and resolve conflict at work, how to lead creative teams, and the stages of team development.)

Leadership Assessments

How can you be sure your leadership is truly improving your business? Every leader has his or her own style, in addition to a list of strengths and weaknesses. Assessing your leadership in depth will help you identify these areas and improve where necessary. Try out these helpful assessments from Northwestern University’s prestigious Kellogg School of Management to challenge yourself and pick up new strategies as needed.

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