7 Surprising Questions to Measure Your Leadership
You can’t know how you’re doing until you’re measured.
Evaluation might feel uncomfortable, but the alternative is self-deception, lost potential, and mediocrity.
7 surprising questions to measure your leadership:
- How are you becoming dispensable?
- Create systems that function without you.
- Give control with accountability.
- Develop vision as a team, not an individual.
- Build redundant talent. Cross-train and rotate jobs.
- How are you making it safe for teammates to speak truth to power?
- Listen calmly.
- Honor constructive dissent.
- Lower the volume of your voice.
- Avoid power positions. Sit in lower seats.
- How are you expanding organizational capacity?
- What have you recently let go?
- What have you learned from failure?
- Who are you mentoring?
- How are you learning?
- What are teammates teaching you? You aren’t smarter than everyone on your team, are you?
- What are you reading?
- How are you connecting with people that excel beyond your achievements?
- How are you making yourself accountable to those you serve?
- Complete this sentence. “I’m accountable to _______ (insert a behavior) my employees.
- My team members know I’m accountable to them because I _______.
- What character quality are you developing? Who’s asking you about it?
- How are you actively seeking feedback?
- Open yourself to 360 degree evaluations. What might those closest to you say, if they were completely safe?
- Don’t tell teammates what you’re doing. Ask them to explain your goals and priorities based on your behaviors.
- What questions do you ask others about your leadership?
- How are you making others feel powerful?
- Trust people to take on big challenges.
- Provide coaching and training.
- Focus more on maximizing strengths than fixing weaknesses.
- Connect their values to leadership roles and goals.
- Confronts self-deception.
- Minimizes waste.
- Expands potential.
- Identifies capacity.
- Invites development.
How might leaders evaluate their leadership?