In today’s work world, the ability to take risks is a skill that will serve you well. How do you take considered and wise risks, versus foolhardy or hasty ones? You develop your skill for risk-taking.
If you want to enhance your ability to take risks, a good way to start is observing in your workplace. Notice when people are taking risks and observe how they do it, how comfortable they appear to be with taking risks, what their risk-taking “style” is and if their risk-taking brings success.
You can take it a step further and study leaders who have taken risks (e.g. political leaders, business leaders, global leaders, citizen leaders). Note the inherent qualities of these leaders, what their motivations were to take risks, any price they paid for taking risks, what rewards they realized from taking risks, how they prepared for taking risks and whether they were impetuous or calculating in their risk-taking. Use their experiences to inform your own risk-taking.
Take a look at the boundaries of your current comfort zone with risk. To what degree are you risk-averse or risk-friendly? Start taking risks and continue observing-yourself this time. Begin with small risks, if you like. Test the waters-what works for you and what doesn’t? Develop your risk-taking style and step out of your current comfort zone
As you boost your ability to take risks, you’ll be a better and more confident manager, ready for what today’s work world demands.
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