Most people believe leadership can be learned. There is certainly enough resources available to support that notion. From associations to books and training modules, you will find plenty of material to help you become a stronger leader.
The first resource is probably the most obvious, and that is books. Take a look at the Kindle store for books on leadership. At the time of this writing, there were over 10,000 results for the word “leadership.” If you are a member of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, you have access to 4,000 of those books for free, as part of that membership.
Search on YouTube for videos related to leadership. While YouTube is a good start, be aware that this medium attracts video creators with the motivation to sell products and services. This means the information provided in the videos are often incomplete. You will be required to pay to get the true information. The videos are teasers. Also, there is no guarantee that paying will yield quality products from these creators.
Stepping up from YouTube are sites such as Udemy and Edx.org. These sites offer both free and paid training modules. There are several modules on the topic of leadership. These websites offer frequent deals so check on them often.
You will occasionally run into instructors on these websites who offer free training but is disguised as a promotional video. It’s not as widespread as YouTube, but it does happen. This practice is discouraged for paid videos as the participants will blast the training with bad reviews which will hurt sales of those training modules. It is something to be aware of when signing up for free training. On the plus side, at least you don’t pay anything upfront.
You’ll want to explore associations both for leadership and for subjects specific to your career. For instance, there is an International Leadership Association that has good information on what they believe makes a good leader. They can also point you to other resources.
When looking for industry-specific associations, a good way to approach this is to ask colleagues and managers in your organization. Many of your colleagues may belong to some of these associations and can guide you to what they like or don’t like about them.
A final resource is to find blogs and forums that are dedicated to leadership. Sign up for the newsletters that these forums may offer. They will help you keep up-to-date with the latest developments in this field.