Being ahead of the game encapsulates having a mindset that is ready to address concepts that arise before they reach the table.

It’s guaranteed that by the time we decide to change jobs and leave a company we’ve been with for several years, the outside world will have advanced its thought processes, systems, products, and services, and we’ll need to learn new things from scratch. With Millennial’s forming a large percentage of the modern workforce, bringing a wealth of complex ideas, lack of patience, a keenness to learn on the job and forward-thinking attitudes with them, leaders need to ensure they are always ahead of the game to move their companies forward at the pace set by the outside world.

However, that’s not to say leaders must know more than their staff. Being ahead of the game encapsulates having a mindset that is ready to address concepts that arise before they reach the table, being prepared to take on challenges without hesitation, being alert to the speed of change and not fearing differences in thought that employees may bring to the company. It means constantly finding ways to up-skill and learn, absorb surrounding influences and be picky with the information we want to adopt. But, above all, it’s about staying focused on your vision, and a heightened self-awareness, as a leader is the foundation of success no matter what curveballs are thrown your way.

With a plethora of information at everyone’s fingertips these days, leaders cannot afford to be living in legacy days with the ‘old gold’ systems running their ship. Minds must remain open to the infinite possibilities for growth that external influences and personal changes can provide.

If you’re a leader looking for some ways to get into the ‘change zone’, and start getting ahead of the game, here are some ideas to get you started.

Practical tips for leaders to stay ahead:

Modern leadership requires a lot more flexibility, preparedness for disruption, and innovative thinking. If you let yourself be led by legacy ways of doing things, and don’t recognise the need for speed, you’ll bring your company down with you.

Upgrading yourself as a leader is not something to be feared or recognised as a daunting task. Look into our Authentic Leadership Masterclass to start your new journey.

Above all be good to yourself and your wellbeing. Connect with any questions you have… Stepchange Leadership Solutions – Eloise Tzimas, Director and Founder

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