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One Leadership Skill to Develop/Improve in 2024

Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you. I love this time of the year for various reasons, some of which include but not limited to:

  1. Slow down, recount my blessings, and be more grateful for what I’ve and accomplished than complaining about what I didn’t have, the missed goals, and other disappointments I experienced throughout the year. Life is not perfect… I’m not perfect…
  2. Take lessons from both my successes and failures, regroup, prioritize, strategize, and plan to take on the New Year with renewed spirit, desire, and vigor.
  3. Evaluate how far I’ve come, what enabled me to succeed, and enumerate a couple of skillsets I need to develop next year that may allow me to go to the next level and achieve my New Year goals.

If you would like to read more about how I developed one of the habits of High Performers: The ability to craft GOLAS that translate into RESULTS, check the recent blog I wrote entitled “Going Beyond New Year Resolutions.”

In this last blog for 2023, I’d like to emphasize what I shared above under #3, more specifically recognizing some of my skill gaps and developing them intentionally in the New Year.

First, let me ask you a couple of questions to help you reflect:

  • What are the three important skillsets that are responsible for your success in 2023?
  • If you’ve not met some of your grand goals, which competencies do you think were lacking that could have empowered you to achieve these goals?

If you personally know me, regardless of many of my weaknesses, flaws, and failures, you know that I try all my best to stay optimistic, if not always, most of the time. One of the mindset attributes I’ve that allows me to stay positive is my inclination to always take personal responsibility for my failures even if there could be some external factors that played some role for my stumbling. Here is why:

  1. When you accept responsibility for not meeting your own goals, expectations, desires, vision, and standards, you’re the author of your life, not other factors outside of you.
  2. When you refrain from blaming others or circumstances, you refuse to be a victim.
  3. When you own your failures and limitations, you’re indirectly believing that you have control and you’re in charge. You can turn things around. Your case isn’t closed. You have another chance to try again, which is within your control…

If you disagree with one or more of the things I said above, you’re not the only one. I’ve some relatives and friends who think that I’m being naive and unrealistic. If you’re surprised about how some of the people close to me perceive me and think that I’m delusional, well, there are a few who actually believe that I’m crazy 🙂 I don’t take these personal. I don’t expect the whole world to agree with me in everything I believe, say, and do…

That said, just be patient with me for a couple of minutes. I’m going somewhere. What I have to say in this last blog of 2023 may give sense.

Here is my framework of thinking. In most cases, I failed because I lacked either:

  • The mindset and attitude, and/or
  • The necessary competencies, and/or
  • The personality it takes to succeed; nothing more, nothing less!

That is why I like this season…

After rolling my sleeves, going all-in, making my hands dirty, and staying in the field day in and day out, NOW is the time to slow down and evaluate my progress.

As you might have already noticed in your own life, we all fall short of some of our expectations and target goals. In my case, I embraced this truth that rather than lowering my bar or complaining and whining or pointing fingers somewhere or at someone, I take responsibility, and regroup to fix things in the New Year.

This time, I’ve already identified a couple of growth areas for 2024. As you can imagine, as an experienced leadership expert, author, consultant, facilitator, and speaker, at this stage of my career, the skillsets I am working on right NOW are very advanced. I may come back again in the future to share with you these skillsets and how I developed them. Stay tuned!

For now, let me share with you one of the leadership competencies I used to work on for years: my Speaking ability.

At the early stage of my training and speaking career, I wasn’t getting invitations. Nobody was interested in listening to me for FREE, let alone paying me for it 🙂

When you find yourself in that situation, it is tempting to blame others, your luck, or even yourself by saying:

  • I’m not good enough as a person.
  • I’m not tall (too tall).
  • I don’t have charisma like so and so.
  • I’ve a thick accent.
  • The list continues…

Rather, I decided to do multiple things at once to improve my speaking ability. Here are a few things I did:

  • Read books on how to speak like a pro, acquire the American accent, etc.
  • Stood in front of my bathroom mirror and every day to practice.
  • Recruited mentors.
  • Joined professional associations such as NSA, ATD, Toastmasters, and so on to gain access to platforms, practice, and get feedback.

After a while, people could notice the difference. I began getting invitations.

Now, I’m paid well to speak.

Actually, for this particular skillset very critical in every industry, I coach both novice and advanced speakers. I travel around the country to facilitate 1-day and 2-day workshops…

Click here to learn the kind of coaching service I offer at Success Pathways, one of our Strategic Partners (Remember, if you are PRO Leadership’s strategic partner or volunteer, you get discount whenever you get Success Pathways services for yourself, your team or organization. Take advantage of that in 2024.).

The point I’m making in this blog, beside wishing you a Happy New Year, is that you should identify a few leadership skillsets, and work on them proactively and intentionally in 2024 to take your leadership to the next level.

Of course, the competencies you need to achieve your 2024 personal, career, and organizational goals is different than mine and everybody else. Whatever goals you may have in the different aspects of your life, career, or organization, this is time to:

  1. Regroup,
  2. Prioritize,
  3. Strategize, and
  4. Plan.

Happy New Year once again!

Looking forward to working with you in 2024…

BRICS Expansion and Human Capital Development

Will BRICS + SIX invest in bridging the leadership gaps in emerging economies?

BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) was formed in 2009 to increase trade and economic cooperation among its member states.

In 2010, BRIC became BRICS by adding South Africa into the mix.

This year, in its 15th Summit in Johnsburg, South Africa, BRICS nations invited six new member states:

  1. Argentina,
  2. Egypt,
  3. Ethiopia,
  4. Iran,
  5. Saudi Arabia, and
  6. The United Arab Emirates.

BRICS is no more a club with exclusive membership. Up to now, though BRICS’s mandate incudes increasing cooperation among emerging economies, it didn’t have a single member from the Middle East.

In 2024, on top of three countries in the Middle East, BRICS will add two more African countries from the east and north, and one more nation from South America.

These six emerging economies are set to join BRICS in January 2024. BRICS also signaled further expansion next year.

By taking this critical step, BRICS now truly represents the global south. This is very significant…

BRICS has already taken initiatives to fulfill its mandate of bringing sustainable development through economic cooperation among its member states.

For instance, BRICS established the New Development Bank (NDB) in 2014. NDB aims to finance projects and initiatives to help emerging economies in the south and east attain sustainable development and, in turn, usher a bright future for their citizens.

The bank has six focus areas:

  1. Clean energy and energy efficiency
  2. Transport infrastructure
  3. Water and sanitation
  4. Environmental protection
  5. Social infrastructure
  6. Digital infrastructure

We hope that BRICS + SIX invest in Human Capital and NDB incorporates Human Capital development as one of its future focus areas.

Sustainable development requires raising world-class leaders at all levels. The above six focus areas need competent leaders both in quantity and quality who contribute their fair share to bring true transformation within a short period.

We, at PRO Leadership, would love you to join us…

  • If you share our cause and vision, why don’t you join us?
  • If you would like to see world-class leaders in your community who build bridges rather than erect walls and create barriers, why not join the movement?
  • If you would like us to work with you in designing and executing exchange programs for your institution or community, don’t hesitate to ask.

Reach out via [email protected]

We look forward to chatting with you and seeing how you may be involved according to your passion, talent, and experience.

The Missing Link

Have you ever asked what many emerging organizations and countries might be lacking to experience true transformation?

Experience exchange has been one of the ways leaders of organizations and nations have been using to bring transformation into their organizations and countries.

Many organizational and national leaders from emerging economies visit highly performing organizations and nations to learn from their experiences.

It is a smart move:

  • Why reinvent the wheel?
  • Why not shorten the learning curve?

It makes sense.

However, if it is done wrongly, experience sharing may not benefit both the hosting and visiting leaders. It may not lead to true transformation…

Let me just give you one example.

Many organizations and countries from emerging economies send their high-level delegates, almost every year, to learn from the transformational experiences of formerly emerging economies such as Japan, South Korea, and Singapore…  

As you already know the facts on the ground, we don’t yet have so many emerging economies who benefited from the exchange. They’re not getting the ROI to their efforts and expenses.

Except in a few cases, most exchange programs have been done wrongly. They were ineffective and rendered mediocre and marginal results.

One missing link that is coming in the way preventing many organizations and countries from experiencing true transformation is the lack of context…

The trend we have seen from such experience exchanges is that the visiting leaders focused on:

  1. Policies,
  2. Processes and Systems, and
  3. Technologies that contributed toward the transformation of the hosting countries.

These are important lessons to draw but they aren’t transformational. Implementing the policies, systems, and technologies these transformed countries have been using to get where they’re today can’t bring lasting transformation.

There must be a missing link…

That missing link is the context. Many leaders ignore or undermine the underlining environment that fostered the transformation in these former emerging economies.

Policies, processes, systems, technologies, and so on alone can’t bring lasting transformation…

That is why PRO Leadership is committed to designing effective and holistic leadership exchange programs that deliver lasting transformation.

We also ensure that the hosting countries’ leaders benefit from the exchanges. So far, it has been a one-way street.

That is why it hasn’t been effective and unsustainable. The exchange should be a win-win. All parties should have skin in the game.

  • If you share our cause and vision, why don’t you join us?
  • If you would like to see world-class leaders in your community who build bridges rather than erect walls and create barriers, why not join the movement?
  • If you would like us to work with you in designing and executing exchange programs for your institution or community, don’t hesitate to ask.

Reach out via [email protected]

We look forward to chatting with you and seeing how you may involve according to your passion, talent, and experience.