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Leadership – Peer Groups offer continuing education and growth

The John Maxwell leadership training center shares value of adding joining local peer groups for continuing education and professional growth.  I have been a part of local professional organizations (ASM, DPMA, CPCU, etc.) as well as national associations & they are indeed valuable for your career

A supportive peer group of professionals in similar positions, meeting regularly, can encourage the consistent and healthy growth of others in the group. For a typical executive, the desire to set goals comes naturally, but the motivation to stay on track towards those goals can be a challenge. A peer group can help its members dissuade self-doubt and develop an achievable plan to hit their targets.

1. Sharing = Success …. We all fail. But in each failure comes the ability to not only learn from that mistake, but also to help others learn. In a peer group, stories of not only wins, but also losses are shared, as it is more important to contribute something to help others than to keep a potentially embarrassing story in a bubble. Sharing failures can help senior executives understand their own experiences and render their failures into an investment in someone else’s success.  But if these same executives remain isolated from their peer group, they can repeat the mistakes others have made and continue to repeat their own mistakes.

2. From a group comes personal accountability …. The most effective form of accountability is external accountability. When you need to answer to a group of peers that you respect, it’s motivating. It’s a simple fact that it’s easier to disappoint yourself than it is to disappoint others. A peer group makes accountability convenient, regular and important enough to help you stick to your goals.  Remember, leadership is a process. There is no end goal or status that can be achieved. It requires continual nurturing, learning, discovery and refinement. When you join a peer group, you’re connecting to a long-term program with the relationships that develop into a lasting history. This allows members of the group to see patterns, or point out opportunities that might be missed or forgotten.

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