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Stories for EL, Issue #006-- Become A Leader
September 01, 2008
Become A Leader!
IntroductionIn this issue you'll find an article of what you can do to become a leader in your organisation. You'll also find embedded in the article a goal-setting game.
You can use this game in a group to illustrate either goal-setting or a leadership task of setting goals
Read, use and enjoy!
Become A Leader In Your OrganisationMost people, if not all, aspire to be promoted and eventually become leaders and managers of the company or business they are connected with.
However, only a few people get to realize that dream. Only a small number have learned how to advance in their respective professions in order to be a leader.
If you want your dream of becoming a chief executive, managing director, or even president of your organization to become reality, read on and follow the tips below:
When we don't know where we are going, we often use maps or Global Positioning Systems to guide us where we need to go. The same is true with our professional life.
We need objectives and goals to help guide us to where we want to be in the future. If you don't have goals and aspirations, you will just be content to float around and go wherever the wind takes you.
To help you visualize where you want to be in the next five or ten years, you have to make a personal mission statement. A mission statement is necessary in helping you focus on what and where you want to be in the next few years.
To help you set goals, you can play this game with yourself. Select a random word from http://watchout4snakes.com/creativitytools/RandomWord/RandomWord.aspx.
Next step is to associate the word with your problem of goal setting and explore the possibilities of goals. (See the example below.) Identify those goals which you know are for you and paste these goals up where you can see them everyday.
Example of how to play the game:
I got the random word 'contract'. Contracts are made with people or companies to deliver a service or a product within a stipulated period of time for a previously set cost. The contract to pay for the service or product is treated as null and void if any of the conditions of delivery of the product or service is not adhered to.
Use this concept to make a contract with yourself to reach the next level of growth in your organisation within the next year. Draw up this contract and set it where you can see it everyday and remind yourself of the task you have set for yourself.
Simple game isn't it? Try it!
Employees who have become so comfortable with what they are doing and earning are usually the ones who aren't selected to become leaders. You need to develop and grow.
In order for your superiors to notice you, you need to show that you are ready for change and take on new challenges.
You can develop your skills and personality through seminars and workshops. Be sure to sign up for personality development, time management and other courses that will help you improve the way you are doing your job.
You should also try to master new skills that you think will be relevant in your target position in the future. For instance, you could enroll in an Advanced Microsoft Excel class to help you do your job well.
Leaders aren't content with performing what is expected of them. If you want to advance in your profession, you have to be proactive and exceed the expectations of your superiors.
No one will notice your work if your work is mediocre. However, if you go the extra mile and consistently excel in what you do, your bosses will start to notice you and will start to trust you with more challenging responsibilities. You'll find more games - all of them brand new in my e-book "New Training Games". If you purchase the e-book, you'll also get a bonus e-book on creativity techniques.
To order your e-book and get the bonus go here. It will cost you just $7. Buy it and add the games to your training repertoire. Get a free e-book on Creativity too.
You can also order your leadership profile for just $5 at:on this page.
Thank youThank you all for the enthusiastic response to the last issue. I hope you like this issue as much as I liked writing it.
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