Because leadership is a journey, increasing your effectiveness becomes the goal. With that in mind, this article proposes nine tips to help maximize your potential. You’re destined to grow.
- Develop a plan.
Everything begins with a plan, so if you want to improve your leadership effectiveness, get busy. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort” (Paul J. Meyer). Establish weekly, monthly, and annual goals. Write them down and review them regularly. At the same time, eliminate goals that no longer matter. Both you and your aspirations continue to evolve. Don’t grow stale.
- Get feedback.
Get honest feedback from your superiors and subordinates. The tendency is to sometimes see ourselves in more glowing terms. Nevertheless, feedback provides a gut check. Try not to take the feedback personally.
- Evaluate strengths and weaknesses.
Likewise, examine your strengths and weaknesses. Any leader committed to increasing his or her effectiveness knows their assets and deficits. Contrary to what you’ve been told, my recommendation is to avoid dwelling on the weaknesses. Keep reading; in another section I discuss how to deal with them.
- Focus on strengths.
By focusing on your strengths, you avoid wasting time dwelling on the nonessential. Take the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment. Then, you will gain a deeper perspective on your top five strengths. The in-depth report by Gallup lets you know how to apply and grow your talent.
Now let’s revisit the weaknesses. Consider delegating these tasks to an assistant or subordinate who excels in them. Shift your thinking to the positive. You are not passing unwanted work onto someone else; you’re creating the chance for a person to solidify an existing strength.
- Read autobiographies of leaders.
Reading the biographies and autobiographies of leaders, especially those in your field, is priceless. You learn valuable lessons about leadership effectiveness for free and sidestep a few landmines.
- Join a professional network.
Join a professional network. It offers the opportunity to share and learn. Moreover, you find out that you are not alone.
- Hire a coach.
The coach’s major objective is to help you surpass your current level. It’s also like having a mentor. However, the executive coach charges a fee for his or her services. Do your homework and obtain references if you select this route.
- Embrace lifelong learning.
There’s always more to learn despite how much you already know or your current level of success. The great athletes, for example, are always pursuing the next level. Thus, make lifelong learning a way of life.