We never really arrive at the end of the road in our quest to become leaders. We may achieve leadership status in some way but it is always a moving target.
Indeed, I believe it is our own movement on a continuous basis that can enable us to maintain ourselves as a leader. One way that we can do this is by continuously evaluating our own leadership capabilities.
I have run across an interesting way to do this regular evaluation of ourselves and would like to share it along with a couple of thoughts about it. I found this simple evaluation in a “Leadership in Project Management 2007” publication of the PMI.
Here is the evaluation:
Rate yourself by selecting one of the choices “never”, “sometimes”, or “consistently” for the following six statements:
1. I verbally communicate with team members in a manner that gets my message across while grasping the message of the other person.
2. I coach and motivate my team.
3. I am able to identify different personalities on my team and respond accordingly.
4. I am able to resolve project conflict with various stake holders.
5. When crisis such as a death or natural disaster strikes a team member, I have resources and strategies to help them return to optimal levels of performance.
6. I use stress management tools to allow me to stay calm and maintain a high level of performance.
In my own experience, using these simple evaluation points is pretty to easy to do on a regular basis. I think that “regular basis” is something that we can each define for ourselves. For me, I simply do it “periodically”. And I find that it keeps my awareness of where I stand high and does influence my behavior in positive ways.
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