Tips for Leaders
Leadership development begins with self-development. And one of the most essential first steps to learning and growth involves feedback.
So, ask for it! Ask your supervisor, co-workers, peers, and direct reports for ideas to develop your leadership skills and knowledge. Ask specifically about your interactions with others and how they might affect others’ performance. In addition, ask for suggestions of how you could practice some of these skills or learn some of the information. Establish goals based on the input and create or modify your goals.
Get feedback on your feedback. After reviewing the results of your LPI® with your coach, obtain feedback on the results from a co-worker. How accurate does your co-worker think the measure was? What can you do to be more effective based on the feedback from your coach, the instrument, and your co-worker?
Listen to learn. We may not listen well when we don’t want to hear the message, especially when receiving feedback you disagree with. Interestingly, one of the most important times to listen well is when you disagree with the message. This is especially true when it comes to how we affect others. Identify other times when you may not listen as well as you should (when the message is boring, when you lack respect for the speaker, when you are tired, when you have too much to do). Create your own personal action plan to improve your listening skills at all times and for all situations. Listening is seen as one of the most important leadership skills. How well you listen has a major impact on your job effectiveness and on the quality of your relationships with others. You listen to obtain information. You listen to understand.
Adapted from A Coach’s Guide to Developing Exemplary Leaders, Second Edition, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, and Elaine Biech, © 2017, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.