Every Day is a Growth Opportunity

Mar 30, 2020

Elizabeth Houghton

Sutton Full Potential Founder

One of the key responsibilities of entrepreneurs is to inspire and motivate their employees to accomplish shared goals. This task demands a commitment to constant self-improvement and learning.

There are some ways in which you can continue to enhance your leadership skills and also improve the company culture, minimise staff turnover and motivate employees to aim for higher achievements in their professional lives. These are your everyday growth opportunities and will help you get better at being a leader:

Develop a new strategy for handling crisis

When something goes awry, avoid reacting immediately. It is best to take a step back and take some time to assess the situation. This will give you some breathing space and allow you to make a calculated and informed decision. It is possible for things to become worse when emotions take over.

Inquire about fresh opportunities

It is healthy to approach your boss and ask about fresh opportunities, provided you don’t make it a ‘complaining session’. The idea is to have a discussion that may strengthen the growth of the entire company/office while also supporting your personal growth. The management of every company has an area that needs some work. You could use this opportunity to satisfy your need for greater professional and personal growth.

Keep an open ear

One of the best ways to grow as a leader is to listen. Your co-workers and subordinates may sometimes want to vent or talk about something very important to them. In such situations, your willingness to listen could make a huge difference. And this does not mean passive hearing; but really tuning in to what the other person is communicating. Learning to comprehend people’s body language and voice cues could be an excellent growth opportunity for leaders and will help in strengthening their interpersonal skills.

Make new traditions

Creating your own new traditions is another brilliant way to keep the work environment stimulated and boost your personal growth. Think “donuts and coffee on Fridays’ or “thank you” notes on your team members’ desks. These simple, yet effective acts could really boost the morale of those working with you and also boost your interpersonal relations and interactions. This does not mean that you need to bribe your workers to make them work; it is just a way of showing respect and gratitude towards them-another great learning for a leader.

Try something new

This one is true for both leaders and other employees in the organisation. It is vital to abandon your fears and try and learn something new every now and then. When you learn, you also develop a different perspective about the world and about yourself. An exposure to new experiences will allow you to develop new methods for managing work-related stress. You will gradually become a creative problem-solver.

It may be a good idea to work alongside your co-workers in a new assembly line of the factory for one day. You may also consider taking a short course on something like wake-boarding. These simple efforts can have a very positive impact on your leadership performance.

You’re not perfect and your intuition may lead to make mistakes sometimes. But when you accept this, you are able to function with a free mind and also create space for taking risks. And risks of any kind eventually lead to growth.

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