7 Indicators That You Have Nothing More To Learn As A Leader

Being in a leadership role is tough. There are many demands on you to consistently deliver results. Once you achieve a specific result, a new and often bigger, challenge comes along.

One thing I know that many leaders struggle to make time for is their own development. As someone who previously worked in big organisations at Director level, I know that it can be so easy to put your own growth to the bottom of the list.

On the other hand, is it really wise to put your development to the bottom of the pile? Perhaps if you can answer “100% yes” to all of the following indicators, it might be that you have nothing more to learn.

Indicator 1: You Achieve All Your Targets All the Time

    If that is you, congratulations. You are definitely exceptional and maybe even unique.

Indicator 2: You Are Crystal Clear About The Direction Of Your Organisation, Function or Team

    In other words you have no vagueness about what you are trying to achieve personally and for your organisation function or team.

Indicator 3: You Get The Buy-In and Support of Everyone For Every Initiative

    Leaders don’t make change and initiate success personally but what they do is facilitate the success of others by getting the buy-in they need. In my experience there is always going to be a critical mass to influence.

Indicator 4: You Are An Expert Listener

    Most leaders excel when it comes to verbal and written communication while the exceptional are great listeners too.

Indicator 5: All Of Your Teams Are Working In Perfect Harmony

    By this I mean all the different functions are working together, collaboratively and pursuing a common agenda with no silo working or turf protection.

Indicator 6: You Always Work At Optimal Productivity

    If this is you, the chances are you are someone who gets things done without the need to put in continuously long hours.

Indicator 7: You Get Rave Reviews from All Stakeholders

    Your employees, trade unions, the media, customers, suppliers, lobby groups, shareholders, analysts and others.

So how did you do? To how many of the 7 indicators were you able to say a resounding “yes”? If you are like most, the chances are that it is likely to be a mixed picture.

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements Ltd helps professional people become great leaders. Sign up for his free 6 part audio e-course.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

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.

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