Richard Branson. Elon Musk. Steve Jobs. These legendary leaders have left an impressive trail of success and giant footsteps on the path to leadership that many corporate leaders wish to emulate. How can you evaluate your own effectiveness? Is it possible to find out how successful your efforts have been?
Evaluate your attitude
Effective leaders are generally considered to be positive people. This doesn’t mean that they are smiling all the time, or ignore reality, but it does mean that they typically look for the best in situations. Positive leaders are more likely to focus on transformative leadership – perfect for inspiring and motivating their teams. Does this describe you?
Investigate your change-ability
Effective leaders embrace change. More than simply chasing the newest novelty, a leader who can adjust and pivot easily is likely to be more effective. New technologies, dealing with a changing workforce and other outside influences require leaders to be experts at managing change. Do you welcome change, or does it throw you for a loop?
Consider your vision-casting
Another essential trait of effective leadership is the ability to set a vision, and motivate a team to pursue it. The legendary leadership of Richard Branson is full of stories where he set an ‘audacious goal’ and then rallied his team to chase after it wholeheartedly. Do you set big goals for your team, and are they willing to go after them?
Check your work load
Some of the most effective leaders adopt a ‘first one in, last one out’ mind-set. You don’t need to be chained to your desk, however, do you have a reputation for working harder than everyone else? Are you thought of as someone who is willing to pitch in and get things done as needed, or are you more known for long lunches and extended weekends?
Analyze your integrity
Integrity is essential for successful leadership. Leaders who consistently support the corporate philosophy through their actions and who are more concerned with integrity than success will be far more effective than their counterparts. Avoiding the traps of micromanagement and focusing on themselves, effective leaders act with consistent integrity and ethics. Do you consider yourself to be full of integrity?
Keep track of your results
Periodic self-evaluation will help you keep track of your effectiveness, and will identify areas that you need to work on. Find experts in the areas you need help improving, and constantly look for ways to improve. Track your progress and monitor your success.
Once you’ve analyzed yourself, seek out the input of a few trusted employees and co-workers. Ask them to evaluate your effectiveness and accept their feedback. Use the input of others to help you identify ways that you can improve your effectiveness, and to help you see blind spots you may not have noticed. Do your evaluations match those of outsiders? Continue the process over the course of your leadership for maximum success.