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How Effective is Your Leadership?

How effective is your leadership?

There isn’t a leader that at some level of insight, hasn’t asked him/herself that exact question. How do you know if you are an effective leader? There is a vast smorgasbord of leadership styles out there. Is the right leadership style idiosyncratic? If not, how do you find the right one?

John Boggs here, and I thought you might enjoy a “thought provoking” look at some of the characteristics of effective leadership.  Take a moment and read this information and then rate yourself in the areas mentioned.

For a leader to be effective they have to keep an eye on critical metrics.  Leadership is often evaluated by the leaders ability to lead people in consistently meeting or exceeding these objectives.  Here is a list of “common” business leadership measurements.

  • Financial
  • Product Quality
  • Service Quality
  • Operational Soundness

While leaders are evaluated on the measurements listed above, the characteristics that drive effective results are often overlooked.  I have listed some of the critical leadership characteristics below.  This is a moment for you to evaluate yourself as a leader, and consider your strengths and your potential areas for growth.

RATE YOURSELF 1 to 5 (1- needs improvement) to (5 - I’m a rockstar)

  • VISIONARY: Your ability and competence to articulate the visionEffective Leadership
  • CHARISMA: Your ability to help engage others in the process of accomplishing the vision
  • HUMILITY: How well do you keep your ego in check?  Are you coachable?
  • MENTORSHIP: Innate talent to coach and mentor others
  • WILLINGNESS: Possession of energy and inspiration to help others enthusiastically join in with work endeavors
  • CREATIVITY: Aptitude to inspire others to be creative in achieving organizational goals
  • GROWING: Being a lifelong learner who is able to help employees develop a craving for learning

Now, which areas are your strengths?  Which areas are your potential areas for growth?  We all have the capacity to grow and improve our leadership.  We can hone our skills over time.  We make mistakes, but great leaders learn from their mistakes and develop creative solutions.  Realistically appraise yourself and then ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What are my strengths?
  2. What are my areas for growth
  3. What is my greatest leadership success?
  4. What are my weaknesses costing me and our organization?
  5. What can I do, right now, to take a step in the direction of improvement?

If you have a passion for success and leadership, let me know!  I’d love to hear from you directly.  If you have interest in further discussing the topic, let me know this as well!  I’d love to hear what you think is working and not working for you and those you lead.  Future articles will discuss more topics, and I’ll be sharing your tips and ticks as well.

I want to thank Terri Wallin for providing the framework for the information shared above, Terris is the founder of Wallin Enterprises and a contributor to online blogs, including the Huffington Post business section.

Here’s to your successful leadership!

John

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