44Extend Your Reach

Spend Time with Your Broader Team

SOMETIMES THE BEST WAY to sharpen your own leadership skills is to focus on others. Making a concerted effort to spend time with other people has a way of opening up new insights and opportunities for you; you learn things you didn’t know, experience things from other points of view, and open up possibilities for innovation. This sort of follows the logic of: “If you never get out of your office, how can you tell what’s really going on?” By the way, you are getting out of your office, right?

One of the best ways to “get out there” is to hold regular “skip level” meetings with members of your extended team. Your direct reports receive a lot of your attention, but what about their direct reports? ...

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