With the start of a New Year looming, there’s no better time than now to commit to being a better leader in 2011.
Here’s a list of 31 activities that can help you become a better leader. Each one can be done in a day.
Please feel free to leave a comment to add to the list – who knows, maybe we can turn it into one of those desktop calendars.
1. Start a learning journal.
2. Read a leadership book
3. Subscribe to a leadership blog
4. Call a peer and offer to help solve a cross-functional problem
5. Delegate something meaningful to one of your employees
6. Take a leadership assessment
7. Schedule regular one-on-ones with your employees
8. Call a non-profit that’s important to you and volunteer your services
10. Praise someone
11. Volunteer to be the first to try something
12. Find a mentor
13. Have a crucial conversation
14. Make a tough decision you’ve been putting off
15. Create a vision for your team or a project
16. Show some humility
17. Really listen to someone
18. Have a career/development discussion with one of your employees
19. Find a mentee
20. Thank someone
21. Offer to give feedback to an employee, peer, or your boss
22. Start a task force to seize a new opportunity or solve an important problem
23. Do a SWOT analysis for your function
24. Share your vision with someone
25. Teach something or do a presentation
26. Help someone feel more valued
27. Eliminate some low-value work or improve a process
28. Coach someone
29. Ask your boss to delegate one of his/her responsibilities to you
30. Find a peer coach
31. Develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
Note: Thanks, Sarah, for the post idea.