Here are some questions to ask yourself about how you are performing as a leader.
There’s a big difference between just being a leader and leading so that people will willingly want to follow you. The test is influence.
What if you were employed with a volunteer organization and your employees’ livelihoods, perks and benefits were not based on whether or not they did what you asked?
Would they still admire, respect and trust you as a role model and mentor?
Here are 22 questions to ask yourself about how you are performing as a leader. You may wish to pass these questions on to your team. How well are they performing compared with the other team members?
Leadership Test – How do I rate as a Leader?
How do I show that I am honest? Do I always do what I say I am going to do?
How do I make competence, character and credibility priorities?
Do I effectively listen to others with an open mind even when I may disagree?
How do I demonstrate honest yet tactful communication with others?
Do I have good people skills?
Am I thoughtful and considerate of others in the department?
Do I demonstrate my vision and the organization’s vision in a way that others clearly can understand?
Do employees see how this vision applies to them and to the big picture?
Do I understand my own goals and how they tie in with organizational goals?
Are the company goals and my individual goals specific, measurable and in writing?
How do I take responsibility for my own job?
Am I proactive in taking on or looking for additional responsibility?
Do I tactfully suggest better ways of doing things?
How do I offer ideas for improvement?
Do I show up on time for work and begin work immediately in a way that contributes to the team?
Am I “mentally” present for work?
How do I work to promote better morale with my team and other departments?
How would I grade the overall quality of my work?
Do I complete assignments on time and without being negative?
Do I put forth my best in producing a product or service in which others can take pride?
Have I been trained in conflict resolution?
Am I open to training in the areas of personal and professional development? How do I specifically apply the training techniques I’ve received?
Go back and reread the first five questions on the leadership test. I’ve found that in conducting seminars worldwide, these are key characteristics people most want to see for them to willingly follow their leader. How are you demonstrating character, honesty, and credibility? Remember, the real “leadership test” is influence. If people trust you, they’ll follow you.
About the Author
Colleen Kettenhofen is a motivational speaker, workplace expert, & co-author of “The Masters of Success,” as featured on the Today Show, along with Ken Blanchard and Jack Canfield.