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Developing Your Skills is a Key Factor in Self-Leadership

As the saying goes...

"Mastering Others Is Strength, Mastering Yourself is True Power."

This is because having all the benefits of being a great boss first requires leading yourself to become a better manager. When you have success in developing yourself then you will be a better boss.

But the reality of life is that things get in the way:

  1. Development takes time and money
  2. Urgent distractions take focus away from more important long term priorities
  3. Knowing where to focus your development for best returns
  4. Getting going is difficult

In this article I'll show you five unconventional ways to develop your skills. When you have success in developing yourself then you will have a happier, healthier, more successful career.

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Now just a little note on skills development. Your skills development isn’t just about the traditional view of attending a course. It’s everything you do to get better or faster for example:

  1. Finding and learning a new tool,
  2. Establishing better or repeatable processes,
  3. “Post-Mortem” work reviews to identify and eliminate problem areas,
  4. Finding shortcuts to make your work faster or,
  5. Getting feedback & suggestions from the “customers” of your job. Such as your boss.

The idea is to invest some time to:

  • Produce better results,
  • Save you time or,
  • Improve your confidence.

When you invest in your job then you’ll perform better which is an enabler for so many other things:

  • Money: Get better promotions, bonuses and increases
  • Time: Never have enough time? Getting more efficient at what you do and effective with your time is the way to set yourself free
  • Growth: Performing in your current job is how you prove you’re capable to get more responsibility and autonomy

Tip: Use YOUR Power Hour to stay consistent at investing in yourself

Next Steps: Self-Leadership: Developing Yourself

Developing your skills supports a happier, healthier, more successful career. Take the first step by improving your self-leadership skills with self-leadership training. Self-Leadership: Developing Yourself is a quick, online training course that you can use to kick-start your self-development.

Tip: Have regular One on One Meetings with your boss to get input and coaching from your boss. See the course One on Ones with Your Boss to find out how.


Do you have any comments, questions or tips about self-leadership or developing your skills? Please share in the comments below.