How to Develop Your Leadership Portfolio

How to Develop Your Leadership Portfolio

Whether new to a leadership role or a seasoned veteran, understanding your current capabilities and areas for improvement is a good start for building your leadership skills. As a leader, you may have to reinvent how you think, evaluate and engage others, and demonstrate behaviors. Successful leaders are willing to surrender to a journey of learning, growing, changing, and teaching others.

Develop Your Leadership Portfolio

Create a structured document to capture who you are as a leader today, the type of leader you want to become, and the path and actions you will take to get there. Be sure to include:

  • Leadership Self Assessment Assessment Results (Understanding Your Leadership Style)
  • Understanding Environmental influences on Your Leadership Style
  • Action Plans for Developing Your Leadership Style

The leadership portfolio will provide you a place to document who you are, who you want to be, and how you will get there as a leader. As part of your ongoing development, you should update your leadership portfolio on a regular basis to document goals, actions and achievements throughout your career.

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How to Take Control of Your Career

Engaged employees identify strongly with the statement, “You own your career”.  They do not wait for luck, chance, or to be tapped for the next promotion, instead they take deliberate steps to reach their destiny that require both planning and commitment. 

Owning your professional development requires purpose, planning and people.  One of the first steps in owning your development is understanding your purpose, defined as your reason for existence/or what you were meant to do.  Maybe you were meant to help others, be a visionary, or contribute research and knowledge to a field.  With Purpose, comes planning.  How will you get there?  It is imperative to have both short term and long term goals.  Do you need more education, experience, or information?  And lastly, one does not succeed in a vacuum.  It is often said that there is a silent partner behind all successful people, someone who encourages them to do more and be better.  Search for others to mentor and coach you along your journey and engage in the development of others.  You may be surprised as to how much you learn about yourself while actively engaging with others. 

The good news is, you can take control of your career and development back at any time and live the life that you were meant to live.  Contact us at to request our 10 Tips for Owning Your Development.  

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