Yesterday our Founder & CEO posted about seeing more “skill cards” from leaders. Today he wanted to speak more to that. We agree – and we’re not just saying that because he pays us!
Skill accomplishment posting are fantastic – and those getting those achievements should be proud of the hard work & dedication they’ve demonstrated – their accomplishments will go a long way in their careers and professional journeys. We like seeing those pop up in our feed on LinkedIn.
But what about our leaders? Granted it’s a tougher to measure in the same way as technical skills, which is interesting because it’s obvious, to all of us, what the difference is between a great leader, a good leader and a leader who needs some more time baking the oven. No, not literally, gosh, more coaching or mentorship.
We’re convinced that classes (example from a MBA) and books (some listed below) are all great ways to start. We’re also equally convinced that for leaders to be successful, coaching & mentorship are equally, if not more, critical – and often missing in the professional work.
We’ve heard “that person was great at their task work, but gosh, they’re a horrible leader, how did they ever get promoted?” so often. Because they became great at their task work and got thrown into the deep end of the leadership pool with no support. Expecting them to do more than wade in place is a Greek tragedy waiting to happen.
So – how about a leadership challenge. Brag about your leaders, call out what they’re doing to help, what they could do to help. Leaders, listen. It may be uncomfortable, but it will go a long way to creating an empowered culture of trust, empathy & resilience.