The 3 Unavoidable and Necessary Stages of Your Leadership Journey

Unfortunately, I was one of those professionals.

Like many, I was promoted to a position of leadership without any formal training or development and it ended poorly. So bad in fact, a coworker I let go looked me right in the eyes and said: “John, I didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing, I didn’t know where we were going, and I certainly didn’t know how I was helping us get there.”

I was living proof Jocko Willink’s words “there aren’t bad teams, just bad leaders” were true.

After looking at my own development 5 years after that event and getting the opportunity to help thousands of professional leaders not have the same experience as me, I have come to realize a leader develops in stages. Understanding what stage you are in can help provide insight on whether you’re taking the right actions for your team at the right time. Here are the three basic stages that every leader passes through:

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