American author Brian Herbert said, “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”
As ambitious professionals in a fast-paced world, we must choose to take advantage of professional development opportunities to continue to improve.
- Reflect, Reflect, Reflect! With constant distractions and never-ending to-do lists, we don’t often get the opportunity to take stock of our work and our relation to it. Taking this valuable time by way of a leadership program can help mitigate future mistakes or reinforce behavior that is getting you results.
- Build networks outside of your day to day. We know that networks matter, but how often are you exposed to professionals – not clients – outside of your direct industry and background who might help you advance your career? A leadership program provides curated venues both inside and outside the classroom for building deeper, broader networks.
- Expose yourself to new ideas and theories. When was the last time you were in a classroom? Now that we have experience in the working world, things we learned eons ago have new meaning.
- Get out of the office. We all get stuck sometimes and some of the smartest advisers suggest you get out of your environment to get perspective.
- Capitalize on structure. Many of the items above can (and I’d argue should) be done on your own. However, sometimes we need a little help. Participating in a structured program can support you to achieve professional and personal goals you set for yourself and keep yourself accountable.
If you've been looking for a way to sharpen your skills and approach, or you know who is, consider investing in learning. Nominations for our Women’s Leadership Program are open. Consider a woman looking to advance and nominate them (or yourself!) Nominations and applications are due by July 31. The sooner we receive a nomination, the sooner you can start applying! The program runs September – June annually, we partner with Simmons School of Management and tuition is $4,000 inclusive of all programmatic elements.
Director of Leadership Initiatives
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce