On Leadership: Would you work for yourself?
That question is an acid test of your own leadership style, and it is one you have to ask constantly, because you don’t get “leadership” right once, or permanently. You must always “move, change, stop, assess, ask, check in” with those you lead to stay on top of your game. It helps to take the same approach to peers, too.
We recently received a great article on this “self-questioning” leadership style from a great client of ours, George Hendrix at Northrup Grumman. He gets what leadership is all about, and sent the article because he found it a great reminder to keep his leadership perspectives and skills sharp.
In the article, the author offers five basic questions that you can use to focus your attention on what it takes to create and lead a great team of people. We work through the answers to these types of questions all the time with clients who are trying to build effective, fully engaged teams that work well together:
- Why should great people want to work with you?
- Do you know a great person when you see one?
- Can you find great people who aren’t looking for you?
- Are you teaching great people how your company works and wins?
- Are you as tough on yourself as you are on your people?
Questions 2 and 3 capture a key area of focus for leaders that is often neglected:
Great leaders build great teams not just by fully engaging the talent that they inherit, but by attracting great people to join the team. Really understanding what type of person you need, and being able to recognize that person, is a leadership skill that often needs a lot of work!
I hope you find it just an enlightening and helpful as we do. Let us know what you think!