Want to lead successfully? Be willing to grow
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
"No matter what kind of person you are, you can always change substantially," talent developer Mary Walter told online attendees during the first NEW Summit Speaker Series webinar of the year, Jan. 11, 2017.
Walter, founder and
principal of Mary Walter Leadership, led the one-hour session, "The Secret
to Growing Your Leadership." Walter shared a proven approach for
accelerating a career and asked attendees, "How are you going to intentionally
develop yourself throughout 2017?"
development requires a growth mindset, she said, referencing a study in which
people with a growth mindset chose to learn from people who did better on a
test, while those with a fixed mindset comforted themselves by focusing on
those who did worse.
"A growth mindset
consistently outperforms those with a fixed mindset," Walter explained. "Those
who believe they can learn, actively do."
Find your focus
Walter offered this
advice to women who want to get ahead:
Develop your leadership skills; they’re essential
for every role. "A mentor
can tell you what you need to improve for your current job or the next,"
Walter said. She advised mentees to ask, "What do you think I'll struggle
with in the next role?"
Identify skills that need developing by
asking teammates how you can better serve them. "Partners are
invaluable," Walter emphasized. "Treat them like a coach."
Don’t try to "tackle it all” or learn everything
at once. "Focus on
developing one skill at a time and incorporate it into your leadership style,"
Stay open and active in your learning process. "Talent is a minor component of achieving a skill," Walter said. "Deliberate practice, feedback and follow through are important."
Remember, feelings aren't facts. "Don't worry about not feeling confident –
you probably won't. But you want your behavior to look confident," Walter
To look more confident, develop your skills every
day. "Want to speak up more
in meetings? Ask your boss if you can take the lead in daily meetings,"
Walter suggested. "You'll need actions to form habits. Repetition cements
NEW members may register free online
for all NEW Summit Speaker Series webinars. The next is "4 Types of
Courage" with Women's Leadership Coaching CEO Jo Miller, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.
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