Five Steps Toward Leadership You Can Take Today

Greta Cline, CFO
Greta Cline
Partner, CFO/COO
July 11, 2019

Every day, 10,000 Baby Boomers reach the retirement age of 65 – that’s seven Boomers per minute.  Therefore, it won’t be long before millennial employees will take the helm in the workplace. In fact, two-thirds of millennials intend to hold a leadership position within the next decade. No matter what generation you fall in, is it time for you to step up? Here are five actions you can take today to grow your leadership skills.

  1. Create goals.

Start by taking some time to think about the type of leader you want to be. What does the role look like and how do you become that person? Knowing where you’re going is half the battle. Write down a few simple, measurable goals that will lead you in the right direction and begin working on them one at a time.

  1. Grow your vision.

Leadership is a weighty responsibility. When others depend on you to set the tone, you need to provide direction. Once you have worked on developing a long-term idea of where you’re going – share it! Your vision casting plays an important role in employee satisfaction and creativity. As an added bonus, sharing your vision helps keep you accountable.

  1. Be bold.

Being a leader often means blazing new trails. At times it can be challenging to change established patterns and adjust company culture, but you need to be willing to take risks and stay the course. A decisive and confident leader propels a company forward and gives employees something to get behind.

  1. Never stop learning.

No matter how informed you are, there is always more you can learn. Ask questions and listen to your employees, clients, and peers. Travel and pay attention to the cultures you experience. Create a space where people feel comfortable talking about ideas, challenges, and shortfalls. Creating an environment where knowledge can be shared starts with you. Keep in mind – everyone you meet knows something you don’t!

  1. Harness the power of networking.

Take advantage of every opportunity to connect with others in and out of your field. Networking is a great way to make your company known in the community and form a trusted circle of colleagues where you can go to for advice. And you may even meet a mentor, form partnerships, and come up with new business concepts along the way.

As the face of leadership changes, it’s important to know your leadership style. Figure out what makes you a great leader so you can play to your strengths when the time comes. Now, get organized and get going!


Goal Setting: New Year, New You!

Kate Stephens
January 18, 2018

New year, new you, right?  With the dawn of 2018, January is ripe for setting goals that you want to accomplish by the year’s end.  But what makes a good goal and how do you reach them?

Be SMART! Goals should be smart.  As in S.M.A.R.T., which stands for a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time- bound.  Sounds simple, but is it?  It can be if you focus on exactly what you want to achieve, hence where the specific comes in.  Making the goal measurable will let you know when you have achieved the goal you have set for yourself.  You want to set goals that are achievable in your time frame and that are important to you.  Accomplishing a goal will make you more likely to set another to take its place.  Want to dive into SMART goals?  Check out this link.

Write it down. After you’ve done the work to craft your goal (or goals), the next step is to write it down.  Committing to it on a sheet of paper, helps you stay focused on what you want.

Sharing is caring. Care enough about your goal and share it with others.  This helps keep you accountable and headed in the right direction.

Set a system. Another way to approach making improvements is to commit to a particular process, instead of creating goals.  Some, like this author, argue that committing to a goal leads to unhappiness with what you currently have. Instead, try committing to a process or a system that will lead to a change in the long run.  This way you have set yourself up for success along the way to improvement.

Create a plan of attack. Just simply stating something, unfortunately doesn’t make it come true.  Although it can be helpful to put something out into the universe, you need to devise a way that you are going to get there whether it’s a system or another type of plan – do what works for you.

Pop the bubbly. It’s important to celebrate your successes to keep you motivated to create a new goal to take its place.  Your celebration can be a simple reward, like treating yourself to a coffee or a great dinner.  Or maybe just an hour by yourself to relax and reflect on a job well done.

What are your goals in 2018?  Let’s TGHR know if they include a career change, we’re ready to help!