Could you improve your leadership skills?
It is sometimes said that many people may become managers but few have what it takes to become a leader.
What is the difference?
Management is about implementing, administering, and planning within predictable, controllable parameters.
Leadership is about looking beyond the predictable, identifying hidden opportunities (and dangers) - and inspiring people to reach out and meet them.
The last point is perhaps the most important. It is one thing to have vision; it is something else to persuade others to share it.
How do you score?
Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Answer the questions below to find out:
|When challenges arise, I try to look at situations from at least two perspectives, one of which is fresh and quite different from our normal ways of solving things|
|I regard threats as opportunities and always look for ways to turn weaknesses into strengths|
|I am prepared to take calculated risks|
|I encourage innovation and continuous improvement|
|I spend more time listening than I do talking|
|I turn words into actions and lead by example|
|I never expect my staff to do something I would not be willing to do myself|
|I use delegation to empower others, not just to offload tasks I don't want to do|
|When I ask someone to do something I try to ensure they understand the purpose of doing it|
|I reward people according to results|
|I encourage an atmosphere of collaboration and trust rather than competitiveness and distrust among my staff|
|I constantly create opportunities for my staff to develop their skills and broaden their experience|
Check your score
10 -12 - Great leadership material - you probably do not need telling what to do about it!
8 - 10 - Very promising, but take the time to think about how you could improve your people skills, and don't lose sight of your vision
Less than 8 - Don't give up, you can still make it. Leaders are not born, they are made!