Are you a great leader? How do you know?
Companies and managers are always looking for leaders to sprinkle through their organization, and people look to leaders in many aspects of their lives. In family, business, church, neighborhood activities etc., there are always a “select few” that are really in charge.
So what makes a great leader?
To me, it comes down to these 3 quite simple questions:
– How much do people look to you for direction?
– How deeply do people value your thinking?
– How supported by you do others feel?
Leadership is often confused with management, but there are very distinct attributes for each. You can be a leader or a manager, but I believe it is very difficult to be both in an organization. Leaders set the vision and build the teams, while the managers make it all happen. To put it another way – Leadership is doing the right thing; Managing is doing things right.
So how good of a leader are you?
The interesting part comes when you do a self-analysis rating against these qualities.
Answer the 3 questions above and rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1=you suck and 10=you’re awesome.
After you have done that, find someone in your organization – a co-worker, a manager, or a peer – who knows you well in a professional setting and ask them to rate you against the same 3 questions.
Compare the result. Are the comparative ratings high-high, high-low, low-high, or low-low? If you and your co-worker both rate you high on all questions, you are in a good spot. You are an effective leader and you have the respect of your peers.
If you rate yourself high while others rate you low, it is certainly time for some reflection on why the difference exists. Are you too confident? Do you have no idea what is going on around you? You need to do some gap analysis to understand how to improve the result.
If the scores are low-high, you need to look at your self-image compared with what others think of you. Maybe you are new to the organization and have yet to see your impact, whereas others have. Do not underestimate yourself!
If the scores are low-low, there is clearly a problem. If you are in a leadership position, this may not be the role for you. It’s time for a major shift in your thinking and behavior or things will be taken out of your control.
Whatever the result of this test, a clear-eyed and unemotional analysis of the results should put you on the path to being a better leader, or choosing a path that is better suited to your skills, attitude and personality.
A clear-eyed analysis will put you on the path to being a better leader.
Michael was raised in Australia, but caught the travel bug early on. Through his travels, he developed a career that spanned hi-tech sales and sales management for F-50 companies, as well as executive positions in several technology start-up companies. During his career, Michael worked with many people who were able to be successful, no matter what the economic or business environment. On the other hand, he also met a significant number of talented, intelligent, hard-working people who, despite their efforts, were unable to achieve the level of success they desired in their life, career, financial situation, health and family life.
Having been in both situations his self, and worked his way out of “the dark side”, he knows what it takes to achieve the level of success you want in your life. Now, Michael works with people and teams within companies to assist them to set high-end goals, and do what is necessary to achieve them. In addition, he is a mentor at two local technology incubators – GangPlankHQ in Chandler and AZTechcelerator in Surprise, AZ.