So you think you are a pretty good leader, do you? You might be.
But as we’ve seen, you may not be as good a leader as you think you are. Here’s a quick quiz to see how you are doing:
- When I say I’m going to do something I do it; on time, every time.
- When my team or team members perform at a high level I appreciate their work. I say thanks, and they hear from me that they have done a great job.
- When my team members disappoint me they hear about it quickly, without blame. I give them direction that helps them improve their performance.
- I don’t tolerate low performers. I give people a few chances, invest in their training and growth, but if they demonstrate that they can’t do the job I let them go.
- I give regular feedback to all my team members, both good and bad. Regular means at least once a month, not just at “review time”.
- My team hears a clear vision and direction from me. My message is consistent; in fact when it comes to vision and direction, I repeat myself I say it so often.
- I don’t disagree with my management team in public. We work out our disagreements behind closed doors and demonstrate unity on all major issues when we are in front of clients, team members and the public.
- I recognize and promote team members based on their performance and results. I don’t have favorites, or promote people based on who I like or who like me.
- I take responsibility for clear communication. If team members are confused, or don’t know what to do next, that’s my fault. I need to find a way to communicate better.
- After an encounter with me my team members are inspired, encouraged and engaged.
- I know where my organization is going, and I have progress measures written down to make sure we are getting there.
- When we achieve milestones we celebrate, say thanks, and take a moment to feel good about our achievements.
If you scored 60, you are perfect (you should run for president!). If you scored 40 or higher, you are above average and while there’s room to improve, you’re doing pretty well. If you are below 30, we need to talk…
Now that you look at this, where are your strengths — the things you are really good at? That’s fantastic, you need those strengths.
Where are the gaps between where you are and where you want to be? What are you going to do about it?