Its not egotistical if you occasionally ask yourself, How good am I? and Do I need to get better? These are two most important questions as leaders we must consistently and constantly ask ourselves. Then, we have to take it one step further. We need to commit to an honest assessment coupled with a self-improvement plan! Now that you are aware of these questions, my challenge is to take time ASAP to address each in a straightforward manner. If you are comfortable hearing the truth and can be completely objective to answers received, ask those that work for you or with you to answer these questions. Remember, you cannot retaliate or get a case of the reds if you hear something you dont like or strongly disagree with the analysis. This is all about improvement. If youve been in the business of leading others for a long time, chances are youve become a bit complaisant in your desire to improve. Nothing unusual about this except dont expect improvement if you take that task off the table. Its easy to reach a level of satisfaction as long as things are going well for us. But in todays competitive business environment, one cannot rest on their laurels. Remember, if you are not progressing, you are regressing! Moving up the leadership scale from good to great requires a continual and long-term commitment to improve our performance. You may be thinking, that you certainly have a clear understanding of the desired outcomes with which you are charged? But do you really have a handle on this? To be sure you accomplish your responsibilities you need to be able to manage yourself and the activities you undertake. You must manage relationships with staff, peers, and leaders above your position. The core of what drives our self-management is rooted in our values, beliefs and our thoughts. These factors are the guidance tools we use for our decision process. We cannot go against values and beliefs and stay comfortable with ourselves. Relationships are critical to our success. As a leader or manager, you must have a good relationship with your team members and with your peers for maximum effectiveness in carrying out your job responsibilities. You need cooperation, support and trust to make things happen. Sour relationships spoil everything they touch. Lastly its most important that everyone be very clear on their personal role and their individual responsibilities. Further, they need insight into where the organization is striving to move and how their efforts help make the vision real. In this stage of management, examine all actions in light of the overall objectives and be willing to make the necessary adjustments with individuals and/or actions taken. In the end, you must lead with clear focus, a well thought out strategy, and a resolve to eliminate anything and everything that deters accomplishing the organizational focus. Nobody said leading was easy.
Written by Billy Arcement, MEd---The Candid Cajun.
Posted on July 13, 2011 by SpeakerMatch Speakers Bureau