Building and Empowering the Leader Within

Building and Empowering the Leader Within

Taking control of your goals, career and path towards becoming a leader starts with understanding your strengths and weaknesses.

To empower yourself with the knowledge and to seek the right tools necessary to develop your career into more of a leadership position it is important to start with self-assessment.

For many this is can be confronting and can be difficult process.

The first step required is for you to step outside of your comfort zone.

Stepping out of your comfort zone

One trait that sets a great leader apart from others is that they tend to be lifelong learners in their pursuit of excellence. Many choose leadership coaching to help them step out of their comfort zone and build confidence.

It’s important to not be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone and learn new ways of doing things. That’s what helps to further develop your skills.

It is usually uncomfortable to stop doing things the way that they have “always” been done, but it is absolutely necessary for growth.  So, stick with it during this difficult period of transition and embrace change.

Evaluate your performance

Seek feedback from those you trust

You can learn more about how others perceive your leadership style and your level of effectiveness by talking with a mentor or associate that you trust.

Ask these connections to evaluate your performance:

  • Are you decisive.
  • Do you have and know what is needed to take action in situations where leadership is required?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are you best known for?
  • Can others count on you during a crisis?
  • What leadership traits and skills do you need to work on improving to increase your leadership abilities?

Shrink the gap

Once you have evaluated your own performance, compare it to the feedback you received from your trusted advisors.

  • How do these perceptions match up?
  • Do others agree with your opinion or;
  • Is there a gap between your perception of your leadership abilities and their evaluation of your brand?

For most of us, there is some distance in what we view as our personal strengths and how others perceive our abilities. The good thing is that this gap can be filled.

Seek out role models

One way to strengthen your personal brand, and learn how to be a leader that others trust is to find role models that display the traits and skills that you need to improve on. Observe these leaders and deconstruct what it is about them that sets them apart.

  • How do your role models act in specific situations?
  • What actions do they take to gain credibility and respect from others?

Use this information to help you refine your personal leadership style.

Seek opportunities to practice your weaknesses and turn them into strengths

In addition to learning new skills and modelling the actions and behaviour of those who have a leadership style that you admire, it’s important to seek opportunities to practice the leadership skills to increase your executive presence.

For example, if public speaking is an area that you identified as needing improvement, look for ways to practice talking with others and giving speeches.

You might consider volunteering in your organisation to give a special presentation on a topic that needs to be addressed.

Clubs and organisations such as Toastmasters International offer their members opportunities to learn how to improve their speech and put what they have learned into practice.

Attending a leadership training course that focuses on improving public speaking can also be a great way to learn and practice the skills that you need to connect with others and give an attention-grabbing speech.

Now that you know how to empower yourself and define your leadership brand, you have the power to be a strong and influential leader.

Leadership coaching

One of the best ways to gain the knowledge and experience that you need to improve your leadership brand and increase your executive presence is by enrolling in a leadership coaching program.

Leadership coaches work with leaders one-on-one and provide valuable feedback while offering opportunities to learn, develop and practice critical leadership skills.

Leadership coaching is especially beneficial for professional women at all levels of leadership who need some extra help in strengthening specific leadership areas and polishing their overall performance.

If this article has inspired you or raised questions, I would love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation.

Athena Coaching

Linda Murray is a successful businesswoman, coach, strategist and mentor, speaker and trainer. Linda’s talent is teaching women to increase their commercial success while using their authentic feminine approach. She mixes her personal experience in business, her strong academic background and her observations of hundreds of businesses to show businesswomen and female executives how to enjoy greater commercial outcomes and accelerated individual success. Linda has coached countless clients to greater success through improved business strategies, increased profits, leadership development, increased team engagement and greater personal satisfaction and commercial confidence. Linda balances the extremes required in business. She has the unique ability to focus on both the big picture and the details; the numbers and the people; the sales and the administration; the left-brain and the right-brain. Linda has a track record in assisting women in business and female executives to identify the commercially profitable big picture strategy and then create an achievable action plan to implement it. Linda built her first successful business in her early 20s, growing her business to a team of 25 bookkeepers and financial controllers. Linda’s business model modernised the bookkeeping industry dramatically – by constantly challenging the traditional models of client management and service delivery. After experiencing the results that business coaching delivered in her business, Linda became passionate about coaching. Linda sold her financial business to start Athena Coaching, where her clients enjoy the benefit of her proven commercial experience combined with state of the art coaching support and her exceptional academic background. Linda has a Masters of Business Coaching, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Philosophy), is an Accredited Professional Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner.

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