At this point in the course, you should be feeling more comfortable about reflecting on your leadership experience and skills, and considering the next steps.
You have looked at the leadership skills employers value and then audited which of those skills you have already, identifying those you need to gain or enhance further. You’ve also started to look at the opportunities for leadership development that are available to you. You can recognise the benefits of mentors and reflective practice, and have begun to think about people you know who could advise and support you in your leadership journey. For those who haven’t kept a journal before, you have taken the first steps in building your leadership journal and understanding how it can enhance your leadership experience.
You should now feel that you can:
- recognise the key skills and behaviours required for effective leadership
- review your own experience and capability in using these skills
- identify opportunities to build your skills and experience
- use a leadership journal to reflect on your experience.
Next week, you’ll look at the impact of bad leadership, considering the common mistakes that leaders make and looking at ways in which those mistakes can be rectified.
Learning from the mistakes of others can be a very valuable leadership experience.
You can now go to Week 4.