Tips for leaders looking to reinvent themselves

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 By Jack Nevison

Some people believe that the era of pursuing a single career is over. The world moves too fast now, and technology changes with such speed that it is almost impossible to stay in the same field without making significant skills adjustments.

Whether you'll need to change your skill set in your chosen career depends on a number of factors. But even if your career path is relatively stable, you will, from time to time, need to make some changes.

In an article on, contributor Samuel Bacharach recommends that great leaders, above all, pay close attention to their work environment and use their observations to create new sets of skills.

"You can't do this by sitting in your office chair," Bacharach writes. "Break your routine and talk to people in all industries and walks of life. Visit places and attend events you normally wouldn't."

It is also important for leaders to learn about their own strengths and weaknesses, so they know what they have to improve going forward. In a volatile market, you must always be aware of your own value to the teams you may end up leading.

Finally, don't be afraid to fail. While failed projects are understandably frustrating, they provide important opportunities for leaders to learn from their mistakes and to document them to avoid repeating them on future projects.

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