Leadership Development Goals for 2019

One of my most read series of posts is my somewhat yearly list of New Year’s development goals for leaders. I don’t go back and check previous years, so there may be duplicates, as there should be. Things like “striving to be a better listener” come up each year as I work with leaders from around the world.

In my coaching practice, I usually start with a 360-degree assessment and use that as to help leaders identify and choose their development goals. That’s the ideal way, especially for behavioral goals, where leaders usually are not aware of how they are coming across to those around them (“blind spots”) and are feedback starved.

However, there do seem to be leadership gaps that come up more frequently than others, and that’s what I base my yearly lists on.


If you can get feedback from others, good for you (see #2)! Even without doing a more formal diagnosis, it’s a safe bet that a few of the development goals listed below will help you become a better leader.  

Note that some may sound like just common sense and easy, but they are anything but. Changing habits is hard work, so I’d suggest starting with even one, and then working at it for at least 3 months, then move on to another.


I’ve included links to a few of my favorite articles, books and videos. For full disclosure, I do get a small cut of any of the books you purchase on Amazon (thank-you!), but they are all books that I’d highly recommend.


1. Define my personal leadership vision:
– Google “what is leadership”, “leadership”, “qualities of a leader”, etc. and read at least 6 articles.
– Read at least one good leadership book.
– Develop my own list of the characteristics that define the leader I want to become. 
– Refine the list into a single paragraph, share it with others, and refine further.
– Start working on becoming that leader!

2.  Get more feedback:

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