Good To Great. An incredible book by Jim Collins — relates how certain companies overcame their obstacles and pushed themselves from being just good companies to the stars of their industry. It chronicles how they made the leap, what they did, and what they didn’t do.
How can you make the leadership leap with your team and go from just being a good leader (and that isn’t bad) to a great leader? Here are some basic qualities most leaders use and how to kick each one up a notch to great:
When was the last time you really assessed YOUR performance? Do you stand by what you say? I’d like you to think back to three major or difficult decisions you had to make over the past year and review how did you make them? What was the result? Do you feel that you stayed true to your ethics and that your decision grew you as a leader in your organization?
Vision & Planning
How much of your time is focused on looking forward? Not just a few days or weeks, but months and years? How much of your time do you actually design personalized visions for your team — where you see them going?
Persuasion, Motivation, & Coaching
Most of all — it’s self-reflection. It’s taking the time and energy to understand your current behaviors and how they are working. If they work, but at your team member’s detriment, you might need to rethink some of your strategies.