You must have come across a Leadership topic quite often. The latest ISO 9001:2015 standard is a prime example of the most recent push to recognise the need for Leadership. As a young quality professional you might be thinking what it has got to do with you. Although being a leader is a difficult task, does this justify the focus on the topic?
For those who actively pursue leadership as their goal, the answer will be ‘yes’. For others, the question does not go away as there are times where we just ‘happen’ to be in a position of a leader.
Since there are theories that unlike management, leadership can’t be taught, it is important to provide future leaders with as much guidance as possible, to increase chances of developing responsible, effective and genuine leaders.
Luckily, there are many ways to improve your leadership skills. For example, CQI’s competency framework is a great place to start. Realising the responsibilities of a leader and your current performance is the first step to start working on a development plan. These can easily be incorporated into your ‘Continuing Professional Development’ plan (CPD) in order to monitor your progress. Throughout the year, local CQI events are a great way to test what you’ve learnt and get new, fresh ideas on next steps. The CQI’s special interest group – Next Generation Network – is a great place to turn to for additional resources. These are especially tailored to young professionals and the group is always happy to hear from you and support with specific materials and advice to suit your situation.
So whether or not Leadership is your conscious choice, it is important to keep developing this skill. We are on the same journey and find it much more enjoyable as a team, so why not join us and see for yourself? Have a great World Quality Day 2017 and we hope to speak to you soon!