A timeless Harvard Business Review article postulated that “Leaders are Made, not Born”, and many of us invest in courses, books, and programs to enhance our skills. This show uncovers an overlooked approach that I wish I’d discovered much earlier in my career.
Catherine Osler was a young entrepreneur who in a period of 15 years built her communications company into the largest in the country, guided it through a merger, and took part of it public. She didn’t know how to do any of those things, but credits a very supportive peer mentoring group as a key part of her success. Catherine eventually led peer mentoring groups in that same organization, and is now the President of TEC Canada, known as Vistage elsewhere around the world with over 16,000 members worldwide.
There are many, many peer mentoring organizations to choose from, which speaks to the need to take leadership development beyond an “event” approach such as an executive seminar, and into an ongoing “process” of having the tough conversations with fellow leaders whose only agenda is your success. If you have people issues, process issues, profit issues, or any of the issues that arise in everyday business, there’s a good chance that one of your peers can give you a perspective you haven’t considered, or insights from their own successes and failures. This does not replace coaching or executive programs, it simply enhances it, because in the former you have the input of one person; in the latter, you have the input of 10 or 15. More heads are simply better than one.
Solutions in Plain Sight Radio is all about the resources and AHA! Moments that move the needle in your business. Many managers aspiring to lead, and many lonely leaders already at the top, never even learn what a good peer mentoring group can bring to their business. Every leader owes it to themselves to do their homework, find a peer mentoring group that fits their needs, and commit to the process of leadership development.
Simply. Accelerate your Results.