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5 Strategies to Help You Grow as a Leader

Vince Lombardi

The famous quote by Vince Lombardi: “Leaders are made, they are not born,” is an age old saying we can all live by. Sure, natural-born leaders still exist, however, many people require to put forth the hard work and effort it takes to develop their leadership skills on a regular basis.

Since most industries slow down when the heat rises, the summer months are an ideal time to work on your personal growth as a leader. Career expert Amanda Augustine explains, to be a good leader you need to have exceptional communication skills, be able to creatively solve problems, and possess an ability to motivate those around you.

While you may excel in some of these key areas, you must also be willing to work on your shortcomings. That’s why it’s recommended to take the longer days as an opportunity to expand your knowledge. Here are some strategies to help you grow as a leader this summer:


Book one-on-one meetings with your team

In order to practice better communication, Michael Derme, founder of The Lonely Entrepreneur, says there are a handful of must-haves for effective, empowering leaders. Derme suggests taking the downtime to arrange individual meetings with your team members in order to really understand their passions and how to best manage them.

“Great leaders take into account the factors that drive people and the circumstances they are operating in. Every situation requires a different action and understanding when to apply what solution is an invaluable skill for leaders,” he explains.



Invest in Yourself

You can’t be an effective leader to others if you don’t invest in yourself first. To be at your best, make time to relax, take a vacation, read a good book, and surround yourself with intelligent people who you can bounce ideas off of. Investing in yourself pays off because when you feel good about yourself, you are more likely to be motivated to work harder.


Volunteer

Employees respect companies and leaders that care for their community -it simply raises morale, and increases loyalty to their employer. This summer, try volunteering or arranging a team-building experience; it’ll force you to think outside the box, and at the same time, it uses your expertise for the greater good.

Sam Mizrahi is the president of a private real estate development company in Toronto. Mizrahi is also a strong supporter of various charitable organizations and operates on multiple committees and boards for nonprofits.

As Mizrahi, who has always made it a point to grow as a leader, says: “I am driven by the imperative to give back, to make a difference and imagine a neighborhood that is inclusive and dynamic for all people.”



Network

Summer Fridays, happy hours and company picnics are the perfect time for leaders to build their network and improve relationships with team members. Career expert Wendi Weiner explains that summer is ideal for these type of events because it is generally a more relaxed environment. 


Take on a new project

One way to develop your leadership skills is to take on more responsibility. With things slowing down at the office over the summer, try stepping outside of your comfort zone and take on a new project. It’s the only way you will learn anything new, and doing so will get you noticed by your peers as a go-getter.  However, there's another way to learn more. Improve your leadership skills at Training Connection and sign up for a live face-to-face training!

As you work to sharpen your leadership skills this summer, you’ll grow both personally and professionally. Those around you will see the hard work and passion you bring to the office, inspiring them to develop their own leadership skills.

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