Those who are the best at leading are also the best at learning. Exemplary leaders don’t rest on their laurels or rely on their natural talents; instead, they continually do more to improve themselves. So if you want to be the best you can be, you need to become a great learner.
Here are some tips on how you can get the most learning out of the LPI process.
- Accept the feedback as a gift. Feedback may not come wrapped in a package with a bow, but it’s still one of the most valuable gifts you’ll ever receive. Why? Because we know from our research that leaders who are the most open to feedback are far more effective than leaders who resist hearing other people’s perspectives on their behaviors.
- Take the feedback seriously. You might wonder, “Will it really make a difference if I increase the frequency of the behaviors measured by the LPI?” It will. Research consistently shows the same results: The more frequently you demonstrate the behaviors included in the LPI, the more likely you will be seen as an effective leader.
Excerpted from the LPI: Leadership Practices Inventory Workbook, 4th edition, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, © 2013, published by Pfeiffer/An imprint of Wiley. All rights reserved.