I am taking a break from writing for a few days to strategize for the second half of 2012 and for a speaking engagement in Southern California. While I’m away, I’m re-posting some of my most popular posts from the last year. I hope you enjoy reading or re-reading these posts. I’ll be back and better than ever on July 16, 2012!
Leadership requires a balance between an awareness of one’s self and others. If a leader is too focused on self, he or she is labeled egocentric. But if all of the attention is placed on others, a leader can quickly become unhealthy and unaware of his or her own personal pitfalls.
It’s a skill that considers the “me” and the “they” in an effort to create an “us” that’s moving in a specific direction, toward a certain goal.
While it’s difficult to measure things like intent and motive, we can measure behavior. I suggest that one of the ways we can do this is by beginning with the end in mind. Let’s identify certain outcomes, in this case, leadership outcomes that relate to effectiveness.
For this post, I want to focus on eight specific and measurable outcomes you can use to evaluate your leadership effectiveness. Effectiveness is measured by the leader’s ability to exhibit each behavior consistently over a period of time and within a variety of circumstances. These eight outcomes can be used as a measurement tool (reflect on past actions) or a mentoring tool (prepare for future actions).
I’ve divided the outcomes into two categories: self and others. The first four focus on self-leadership. The second four deal with our leadership and interactions with others.
Outcomes Toward Self
1. Positive view of self.
Do you talk to yourself in positive or negative ways?
Are you clearly aware of your strengths and weaknesses?
What is your confidence level like in the midst of success and failure?
2. Engaged in one’s position of influence.
Are you fully present in your responsibilities or is your mind elsewhere?
What is your vision for your position for the next year? Five years?
Are you excited to be where you are currently at?
3. Willingness to invest discretionary effort.
Do you love doing what you do despite pay or reward?
Do you only do what’s required or do you often give a little more?
Are you more focused on what’s expected or on excellence?
4. Ability to self-regulate.
Are you consistent in your character choices?
What is your strategy to stay organized and keep tasks prioritized?
In what ways are you disciplined and undisciplined?
Outcomes Toward Others
5. Connects with others.
What are the relationships like with those whom you lead?
Do you know the stories of those around you?
What are those around you passionate about?
6. Healthy relational skills.
Are you able to engage in open and honest conversations with those whom you lead?
Are you approachable?
How well are you able to read the emotions of those around you?
7. Openness to diversity.
Do the people you lead think and believe like you do?
Can you identify the unique contributions other people make?
Are you intentional about expanding your perspective and worldview?
8. Contributes to the lives of others.
Do you add value to the lives of those around you?
In what ways do you serve the needs of those whom you lead?
How many leaders have you developed through the process of leading others?
What thoughts do you have about measuring these areas? Are there other areas you would include?
What if you could lead yourself better in such a way that it helped you lead others better?
Leadership Starts With You is just what you need to kickstart the process.
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