The 5 Steps to Unlocking Your Leadership Potential: A Modern Guide

In today’s fast-paced world, Leadership Development training is like a journey into uncharted territory, challenging leaders to step out of their comfort zones. Often, leaders may mistakenly assume they’re superior to others, but the truth is, there’s always room for growth and improvement, consider this…humbleness is the most critical and essential quality of a real leader – you might ask yourself why?

Exploring the Dimensions of Leadership Development

When we dive into the realm of Leadership Development, several key aspects demand our attention. Among these, one stands out as particularly vital: the cultivation of Soft Skills. Why, you ask? Because Leadership, at its core, is all about the “Humanity Business.” It begins and ends with people.

Consider this: Contrary to popular belief hard skills only amount to 10% of Leadership success while a whopping 90% is attributed to soft skills. Why is it then that Leadership training focuses by 90% on hard skills?

Personal Development is intrinsically intertwined with Leadership Development. It’s a dynamic process, never meant to stagnate. Instead, it should continually evolve, redefining success for both the leader and the organization they guide through practical parameters of human interactions.

Deciphering Leadership Development Training

My expertise lies in Leadership Development training, a field I’ve dedicated over a quarter of a century to. I’ve conducted programs across the globe, encompassing Leadership, Management, and Employee Development. One universal challenge I’ve encountered is the need for individuals to harness the power of positivity and shed negativity.

This challenge manifests in various ways, primarily through a leader’s mindset and attitude towards those they lead. Effective leadership hinges on human-centric skills like communication, Emotional Intelligence, Strategic Thinking, Change Management, Decision-Making, and more. These skills lie at the heart of Leadership Development training.

Within the realm of Leadership Development, one question continually surfaces: “What Is My Best?” It’s a profound inquiry that delves into the essence of Leadership and Management.

Discovering Your Best Self

Leadership-development-discovering-your-best“How do I know what my best is?” This question is an excellent starting point. Take time to reflect, not only on your strengths but also on your weaknesses. These contrasting facets offer valuable insights into your true potential.

If you’re genuinely invested in Leadership Development, you must embrace the idea that you will never truly define your “best”, your best is itinerant and moving forward. Consider that the concepts of a “win” and “success” are ever-evolving, reshaping themselves daily.

So, what defines a good leader? To me, it’s someone who keeps progressing, akin to the relentless flow of water. Just as water’s health depends on its continuous movement, Leadership Development thrives on progress. Nothing in this world remains stagnant; it either moves forward or regresses. This natural law emphasizes the importance of embracing change and growth while staying open and being invigorated by motives and values.

A 5-Step Journey to Uncover Your Best

  • Step 1: Begin by jotting down what you believe your best entails. Approach this exercise as if you were an outsider observing yourself from an objective perspective. This detached viewpoint can reveal hidden insights.
  • Step 2: Solicit input from others who know you well. Ask them to share their perceptions of your best and your worst qualities. This exercise in vulnerability can uncover aspects of yourself that you may overlook, or not be aware of. 
  • Step 3: Challenge yourself to never rest on your “laurel.” Embrace and accept fully the idea that your best is continually evolving as you develop and don’t identify with yesterday’s success – “A skipper is as good as his last catch”.
  • Step 4: Cultivate an attitude that always seeks to explore the big picture. This mindset can resolve conflicts and broaden your horizons.
  • Step 5: Before pursuing any endeavor, ask yourself: “What is the best and most effective way to achieve my goal?” This question, rooted in strategic thinking, reduces assumptions and paves the way for your best self.

There are other steps, but these 5 will get you to a point where you will know exactly what other vital steps you need to take. 

In Conclusion

By now, you might have grasped a crucial concept: your best is an ever-receding horizon. Regardless of age or title, your best is always ahead of you. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that your best lies behind you; it likely encompasses a far broader scope than you’ve considered.

So, what does Leadership Development Training, as conducted by The Thinking Coach, entail?

It’s a transformative journey that reveals your untapped potential, guides you toward reaching for it, and reminds you that you should never truly “catch yourself up”. Your best is an evolving state of mind, where improvement knows no bounds.

And again, ponder why I would say that the most important quality of Leadership is a humbleness of a particular kind.

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Eli Harari

The Thinking Coach™


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