As a CEO, department head, or work group leader, are your leadership skills as effective as they can be? To evaluate (and hone) your leadership style, use these seven steps.
1. Clarify what your job is. Be sure you fully understand your roles and responsibilities. Are you doing what’s familiar rather than what’s needed? Write down your responsibilities and expected outcomes and ask team members what they expect or need from you.
2. Invite feedback. Ask for constructive feedback about your performance. It can be formal or informal, as long as it is confidential and respectful. Ask your key staffers or group members open-ended questions, such as: ‘What could I do better to support your success?’
3. Define goals. Establishing goals and milestones for performance is important. The people who work closely with you will pick up on the tone you set, which will then be reflected in your department or work group or, if you’re the CEO, throughout the company.
4. Refine your storytelling skills. Once you define your goals, articulate them. An effective leader is a chief storyteller. Tell team members where the organization or department has been, where it is now, and where it’s going.
5. Check in. It’s important to find out if the messages you are relaying are reaching team members. You can do this informally by asking around, or by setting up a more formal process.
6. Look into leadership training. Take advantage of the leadership training courses offered by training firms, hire a leadership coach, or attend a management or executive retreat.
7. Expand your circle. Networking can enhance your leadership skills and make you a more effective leader at every level. It can come in the form of industry associations, community involvement, or regular meetings with peers.
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