Measures of Leadership Improvement

"If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing." — Saint Augustine

Are you improving as a leader?

How do you know?

Last week's newsletter posed this question and explained why it is important.

Even leaders who are data obsessed rarely know the answer to this question about themselves. Here are example answers to the question “How do you know?"

  • Are those you lead becoming more effective at their jobs?
  • Are those you lead becoming leaders who are well respected?
  • How well do the projects you lead, or sponsor, perform? Do they constantly have "fires" you have to put out? Or do they finish on time with high quality? Is this improving over time?
  • Do you give talks or write articles that inspire positive action? Is your influence increasing over time?
  • Do you finish your weeks knowing that you have contributed good to the world?

We all know some leaders who feel they have no control over the answers to these questions.

A victim answer is that projects are late, troubled, and fail because they are hard.

Projects may fail because they are hard. However, the exceptional leader's response to difficulties is one of responsibility and a focus on improvement in future performance.

Stay focused on the goals.

Keep advancing.

Figure out your personal measures of improvement so that you know that you are!

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,
ALAN WILLETT