Plan Your Own Development: It’s Up to You to Build Your Leadership Skills

Steve Arneson

MUCH OF WHAT’S WRITTEN about leadership has to do with the leader getting the most out of other people. If you’re a leader, you have to start with the basics of workforce planning: knowing how many people you need to accomplish your goals, what each person will do, and how your people fit into the larger organization. On a micro level, this involves figuring out whom to hire, how to define their roles, and how to organize their work. As the popular saying goes, you have to get the right people (with the right skills) in the right roles at the right time—that’s how you win. This, in essence, is the leader’s job—ensuring that the team is appropriately staffed, ...

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