Where are You on the Road to Success?

By Mary Patterson

Road to Success

In his book, Winning, former General Electric CEO, Jack Welch, writes, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Welch is alluding that success is not just dependent on your own personal achievements, but also how you contribute to the success of others. Leaders shape a company’s culture by establishing the goals and values that engage all employees to achieve the financial outcomes and growth necessary for business success. 

In an ever changing world, leaders must hone their skills and competencies to lead a diverse, multi-generational workforce, and also manage the impact of changing technology, global competitors and guerilla marketing.  In this business environment, leaders should be fast and focused, but also flexible, in adapting to change. Is your leadership style creating an advantage for your company over the competitors?

In today’s world, it is imperative to be the best at:

  • Communicating productively

  • Thinking strategically

  • Anticipating change

  • Negotiating effectively

  • Establishing a process

  • Resolving conflict

  • Initiating action

  • Measuring results

No matter where you are in your career, growing your leadership abilities will help determine your road to success. Need help navigating your next steps in leadership? Executive education can help identify developmental opportunities and structured goals, so you can confidently lead, no matter if you’re trying to climb the corporate ladder or already in charge of a team of people.

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About the Author

Mary Patterson, Program Manager for the College of Continuing Studies (CCS) at The University of Alabama, assists in the design and implementation of professional development training programs and industrial training programs offered in on campus, on-site or online venues. Patterson received her Bachelor’s degree in Business from The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce with a major in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and stays abreast of current developments relevant to business owners including management, economics, accounting, taxation and marketing. She previously served as Director for the Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network (AERN) in the Culverhouse College of Commerce which delivers resources from The University of Alabama to communities. Mary is a member of the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the Alabama Society of CPAs, the Culverhouse Commerce Executives Society and the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum. 

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