What makes a good boss or mentor? Is it how much they care about you? Is it how they make your life easier? Is it how they move your career forward?
While I’ve worked with and for many smart and kind people, it’s the leaders that significantly grew my skills that I remember most. These people are critical to realizing your dreams and you have to be deliberate in seeking them out.
Whether you have a traditional boss or not, assessing your support and development team is something you should do every 6-12 months.
- What specific skills are you trying to improve?
- Are you learning from the people you work with regularly?
- Is someone taking you under their wing and helping you raise your game to the next level?
My intention is to surround myself with people that push me to be better.
While supporting and growing others, you may have forgotten to prioritize your own development. But don’t wait a moment longer.
Take the time this week to consider the areas you want or need to grow in and create a targeted plan on how you are going to get there. Do you need to connect with experts in your field or ask someone to formally mentor you? Is it time to hire a career, business or leadership coach? Are there development conversations with your boss that you’ve been putting off?
Let these questions hold your attention and inspire your next steps.
See you soon!