Over the years, I’ve seen many managers promoted because they’re smart and hardworking or, somewhat cynically, they know how to play the political game. In today’s busy environment, with unemployment at 2.3% (Colorado, June 2017), we also have the phenomenon of individuals being thrust into management roles to fill critical gaps even though their experience or training may not be what it should have been.
Whatever path you took to the position you’re in, if you are leading a team and your skill set ends with “management” and doesn’t also include “leadership”, your performance, and the performance of your team, will never live up to peak potential.
I offer a simple checklist for you to measure yourself (or any team member) against:
1. Communication – Effective verbal and written communication at all levels; listens
2. Initiative – Self-starting when confronted with new tasks or challenges
3. Trust – Demonstrates integrity and honesty; is deemed “trustworthy”
4. Coaching – Guides others through a process of personal improvement
5. Planning – Develops short and long-range plans in support of goals
6. Innovation – Develops new methods and ideas to support change
7. Team work – Forges team; works well with others in achieving common goals
8. Leadership – Provides direction of, and inspiration to, others
9. Flexibility – Evaluates current reality and alters plans as needed
10. Goal setting – Sets crystal clear expectations for performance
11. Accountability – Holds self and team members accountable for results
12. Strategy – Understands how organization will succeed in competitive market
13. Decision-making – Analyzes situation and makes timely, effective decisions
14. Organizing – effectively plans for and allocates company resources
15. Staffing – Effectively recruits, selects and hires competent team members
16. Training – Able to impart knowledge and raise skill level of others
17. Time management – Spends time and energy on tasks vital for self and team
18. Delegation – Assigns tasks appropriately; does not micro-manage
19. Culture – Fosters a productive culture with positive values
20. Structure – sets systems/processes in place so team can succeed
If you would like to do a little self-assessment with this list online and get an immediate, confidential response and rating, you can simply click on this link: Healthy Leader Score.
Once you have your score, you can decide which areas of leadership would be suitable for a self-development program.
It’s been said that American companies are “over managed and under led”. Become the best leader you can. You, your team and your company will all benefit!
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