Learn from those around you

June 13, 2014 2 mins read

Of all my previous colleagues, a few who put forth a lot of effort in those early years are now reaping the rewards of their hard work. Although some of these successes came about as a result of luck, most are due to their hard work and commitment. They all have something in common—the ability to continually reinvent and surpass themselves.

After reaching age 30, most people have already established their personalities, making change difficult. This is especially the case for high-level managers, who usually don’t think change is necessary. Even if they’re willing to adapt, most aren’t truly clear on how to go about it, and therefore have to rely on outside assistance. This is why so many high-level managers seem to be in need of professional skills training such as MBA courses.

Before you sign up to do an MBA, however, consider the costs in terms of money and time. Looking for appropriate development opportunities from resources closer to home is never a bad idea—colleagues, as a start. Take this example: A friend’s company was recently acquired by an American HR group. Out of concerns for stability, the company didn’t immediately go about replacing the high-level leadership. Many people, nonetheless, chose to quit. The friend’s boss wasted no time in moving to a smaller company to act as general manager. The company’s team was happy to gain such a tough and experienced leader. Another friend who was working at a northern European enterprise also considered quitting. The new boss, however, gave him more direct business support. Although clashes based on differences in operating style were inevitable, the highly-efficient new boss gave him an opportunity to experience a fresh type of management.

A good leader encourages, cultivates and gives guidance and support to workers. At the same time, they maintain fairness and provide constructive opinions, optimizing the team’s potential. This type of leader can have a lasting effect on your professional career and will stand out in your memory.  

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Marlon Mai
Managing Director, Greater China