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Certification Magazine entitled Developing your Leadership Skills by Katherine Spencer Lee lists some basic ways to develop into a leader:
1) Keep Learning2) Increase your Involvement3) Develop Your Communication Skills4) Serve as a mentor and/or mentee
I think that Katherine provides sound advice for all... and would like to embellish a bit with some suggestions in each of these categories:
1) Keep Learning
My blog is filled with suggestions for books, tutorials, and articles to read. I'll add to that list with some suggestions for books more in the business area:
* Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt's Theory of Constraints
* Can Two Rights Make a Wrong?: Insights from IBM's Tangible Culture Approach
* SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility
* New Language of Marketing 2.0, The: How to Use ANGELS to Energize Your Market
* Search Engine Marketing, Inc.: Driving Search Traffic to Your Company's Web Site, 2nd Edition
2) Increase your Involvement
One of the best ways that I can suggest for you to become involved is via ChannelDB2.com. With 1057 members as of today, this is the perfect place for you to get and/or share information with other database experts in the world.
As a reward for those who get involved, they have a chance to win the IBM Data Champion Award. There is still time to nominate a champion... so if you have someone in mind, please go to the site and give them recognition. And who knows, maybe you'll be nominated next year!
3) Develop Your Communication Skills
You'll find loads of advice regarding how to improve your communication skills, just about everywhere you look, but the best advice I can give is that practice makes perfect. So look for opportunities to write, present, review, blog, podcast, etc. The more you do, the better you'll be.
I need to recommend a book as well! This is one of our classics, but is so highly rated that it is clearly a winner in providing advice for improving writing and reviewing skills:
* Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 2nd Edition
4) Serve as a mentor and/or mentee
Mentoring is such a key opportunity for improving both your skills and your network. Benefit from this book that was written by a team of IBMers: Drawing on IBM's experience, the authors demonstrate how to build a diverse portfolio of effective mentoring programs...use mentoring to strengthen organizational inte
* Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships
All of the books I've mentioned in today's blog are IBM Press books. You may purchase these books in a number of places... the obvious is through amazon. Direct from the publisher sites include:
and in India, try our publishing partner Shroff Publishers. If they don't have the book on their site, send a message to them requesting a book and they will see if they can sell it on their site.
And last, but not least, for electronic versions of these books, you can purchase Kindle versions from amazon or subscribe to Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online.