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
9. Ask for feedback or feedforward from your manager, an employee, or peer
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.
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