Happy New Year!
At the start of a new year, we all have the best of intentions:
- To work on our physical body (to lose weight or to start exercising),
- To work on our personal/interpersonal life (to be more patient with our spouse or boss) and/or
- To work on our professional life (to take a leadership development course or write a Five Year Career Plan).
But as usual, we get caught up in our everyday commitments and we forget to focus on the actions that will accelerate development physically, personally or professionally. When we lose focus in any of these arenas, we face certain threats. I could write volumes on the threats we face physically or personally but my true expertise is in the area of leadership career success and leadership career growth.
A couple of weeks ago, I asked one of my long-term executive clients: “Why do you continue to engage my services as an executive coach?” He said: “Not paying attention to or not working on your leadership approach and your career can be as deadly as not working on your business goals. You help me meet my leadership development and career advancement goals.”
There are a number of variables that positively impact leadership career success and just as many negative impacts. Of all the potential negative impacts, I believe that there are 5 major threats to leadership career success as identified below:
To combat these threats and implement a leadership career success plan for 2012 … and beyond, it’s best to start by developing a Leadership Success Mindset and then invest in yourself by writing a dynamic One Page Career Plan. The Plan must:
- Articulate your leadership brand
- Include annual opportunities for acquiring new functional competencies and attendance in leadership development seminars and programs
- Allow for a periodic organization culture/political landscape assessment with current contingency plans
- Include avenues and protocols for you to develop an external presence and showcase your expertise and your value proposition, e.g., writing articles, leading an industry association, speaking, accepting a prestigious university appointment or guest lecturer in the executive development seminars division
A question for you to consider:
- Do you have a written Leadership Career Success Plan for 2012 … and beyond?
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Christine M. Glasco consults to company executives, business owners and non-profit leaders on strategic leadership and career management/career transformation solutions. She also provides coaching for coaches. www.christineglasco.com.