12Put It in Writing

Prepare a Leadership Development Plan

THE FAMILIAR PHRASE, “What gets measured gets done” is an old business mantra that means that when you set goals and hold people accountable, work stands a better chance of getting accomplished. It also happens to represent the best way to add new leadership skills. If you’re really committed to development, you should document your goals and objectives in a Leadership Development Plan (LDP). The LDP is just what it sounds like: a formal, written plan of the steps to take to develop yourself as a leader. Typically, this one-page document lists your specific development objectives as well as the behaviors you’re committed to adding, enhancing, or stopping. If you want to hold yourself

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