Exemplary leaders and exemplary learners create a system that enables them to monitor and measure progress on a regular basis. The best measurement systems are ones that are visible and instant—like the speedometer on your dashboard or the watch on your wrist.
The best measurement systems are also ones that you can check yourself, without having to wait for someone else to tell you. For instance, you can count how many thank-you notes you send out by keeping a log.
A self-monitoring system can include asking for feedback. Others may need to give you the information about how you’re doing, but you’re in charge of the asking. Another way to monitor your progress is to repeat the administration of the Leadership Practices Inventory at least once a year, and preferably every six to nine months.
Excerpted from the Leadership Practices Inventory Planner, 4th edition, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, © 2013, published by Pfeiffer/An imprint of Wiley. All rights reserved.