Thoughts on Leadership Change and Success

Some thoughts on leadership change and success from Fast Company:

  • Real leaders set goals that are ambitious and simple.
  • The fastest way to become better at your job and in your life is to spend your time more effectively.
  • Your career is as healthy as your learning curve. Develop a learning plan.
  • If you want to change your company, change how it relates to customers.
  • Help every person in the company understand the business in the same big picture terms as the CEO does.
  • Think through your company’s politics and culture before pushing changes.
  • The more you allow each person to grow in terms of information and power, the more you grow the company.

I suggest a couple ways a leader can use this list:

  1. As a tool for self-improvement/assessment. Ask yourself: How ambitious and simple are my goals? Do I have a learning plan? Am I allowing my team to grow in its information and power?
  2. As a tool for assessing and interviewing potential leadership hires. Develop then ask questions based on your company’s culture.
  3. As a tool for developing your current leaders. Use as a discussion springboard with your leaders, asking them to self-assess and then agreeing on course corrections as needed.
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Sandra Schwan

Sandra Schwan

Managing Partner at Evolving Strategies LLC
Sandra is the Managing Partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, adapt and perform. Sandra holds a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Strategic Organizational Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Previous employers include the Corporate Executive Board, Lante Corporation, Kensington International, and Accenture where Sandra was awarded mentor of the year.

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