Future Leaders help their superstars plan their professional development

Do you know where you are going? I sometimes ask people the tired question about where they see themselves in five years. You would be surprised at what I hear back. Many haven’t really thought about it. Many more have only a vague sense of what they want their future to look like. Look, it’s not that you need to have everything crystallized, but if you don’t know where you are going, then how can you help your team members chart their own course? Yeah, I know. Some people will say, “not my problem.” I would proffer that it should be your problem. At least in some way. Leaders get the best from their people when they help those people plan for their future. And, breaking news, that plan may not include working on your team. Great! Now we are finally being honest. Every professional I have met wants to improve. Help them chart the course. If you get to keep a superstar for 2-3 years before they move on, it will be a great 2-3 years. Over time, you will earn a reputation as a real pro. Superstars like working with other superstars.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Future Leader | Leadership

Published on March 18, 2019

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