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Making the Choice to Advance: Five Reasons to Consider a Leadership Program

Posted by Melanie Fonville on July 19, 2018

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. 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.