If you could go to school to be a leader, would you? Ruth Reitmeier works with the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. She discusses the importance of leadership training at the collegiate level in this expert sales interview with John Golden.
This expert sales interview explores:
- The importance of early intervention
- How to eliminate trial and error
- The variety of important leadership skills
- The benefits of university leadership programs
There is a necessity to start developing students as leaders, right from the get-go. One of the things that the Doerr Institute emphasizes is early intervention.
Eliminating Trial and Error:
Often times, leaders become leaders through a lot of mistakes and periods of trial and error. However, if students can cultivate skills early on, it eliminates a lot of the minutiae that comes with learning a skill on the job. If students can learn skills like emotional skills, cognitive skills, and social skills early on, they are setting themselves up for a lifetime of knowing how to lead, and lead well.
Developing Leadership Skills:
There are any important skills that create good leaders. Emotional skills, cognitive skills, and social skills are among the basic requirements. In addition to these skills, it’s also important to cultivate a leader identity.
Why University Programs?:
Some people may be skeptical about going to college for the purpose of gaining leadership skills. After all, leaders have been made through on the job and real life experience for years, or feel as if they got enough leadership training from their bachelor’s degree.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.