The coronavirus pandemic is changing the business landscape as we know it. Retail businesses that were slow to join the world of online retail are having to pivot fast. Managers and executives are discovering new ways to connect with their employees to ensure they feel supported. And employees all over the country are restructuring their schedules to get their jobs done while managing a house full of children.
That’s why developing your skills in your professional field and as a leader has never been as important as it is right now. When you improve your skills, you increase your value to your manager, your CEO and your company.
Consider this: an instructor fresh out of her PhD program doesn’t join her college’s faculty without first making a plan for how to get promoted and make tenure. That plan includes writing articles, agreeing to serve on committees, accumulating stellar performance reviews, and becoming recognized as an expert and leader in her field of study. There is always an opportunity for self-improvement at every turn. And it’s required in order to continue on to the next step.
The same goes for you.
Right now, you have an opportunity to learn something new — whether it’s how to be more productive in a shorter workday or how to use technology to solve a problem you could easily handle at the office. Maybe your industry is changing, and your customers need you to show up for them in a different way than you did before. Or maybe working from home has given you an opportunity to demonstrate how crucial your leadership is to your team.
Embracing professional development equips you with the skills you need to excel in rapidly changing environments. Refusing to adapt and change will only leave you in the dust.