If you are a leader I am guessing that you want you be successful and gain the rewards from that success. At the same time, leading just like everything else requires ongoing work from you personally if you are to achieve success.
There are many steps or things that you can do to boost your success as a leader.
1. Start with an honest self assessment
The key to any form of performance improvement is being clear about where you currently are. Taking some form of assessment will help you to get a clear insight into what you believe you are doing well and what you might want to change to get even better.
Sometimes people resist doing some form of assessment for fear that it will just leave them feeling de-motivated. In my experience it has the complete opposite effect in that it I highlights and reminds you of the many things that you are dong exceptionally well.
2. Get some feedback
The honest self assessment will give you some great insights. Supplement this with some form of third party feedback and you will have a really comprehensive picture of your overall strengths and areas where you can become even more effective.
3. Find role models or mentors
It is easy to think that your own challenges are unique. The reality is that there are few challenges are completely new and chances are you might just be struggling to find the people who can help you. Once you have your self assessment and feedback, you can start to seek out role models or mentors who excel in areas that you want to develop.
4. Stand back and reflect
Nearly all of us are doing things out of habit rather than necessity. You know that piece of work or project that you are holding on to when deep down you know that you really should be passing on to someone else. Create some time and space to determine what your priorities are and then focus your attention on those priority areas.
5. Take on new challenges
You probably made it to a leadership role in the first place because you are someone who is willing to step up and have a go, whatever the challenge. Yet sometimes when you become a leader, it is all too easy to become complacent and be more concerned about survival rather than prospering. Remember that if you continue to prosper and show that you are a real asset to the organisation, your chances of survival and success are greatly enhanced.
What else would you add to the list? Add your comment and help boost leadership performance.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.