"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence” - Vince Lombardi
A leader doesn’t have to be failing or have problems to consider their leadership skills. In the spirit of continuous improvement and lifelong learning, leaders can stop and take stock of where they are to determine what they can do differently to positively impact interactions with their employees, peers, customers, and their supervisor.
A few questions for leaders to consider:
- What thoughts come to mind on how you can best “fine tune” your leadership skills?
- Does your communication style match the styles of others, or do you experience communication breakdowns with some people?
- What about your vision? Are your team members clear on the direction and goals that will achieve your desired result?
If you find some of these questions thought provoking, here are a few tips to consider taking action on:
- Think about what has led to your most successful communication exchanges, notice what works best with different people.
- Identify what has led to your communication breakdowns and what you might do differently to prevent them from happening in the future.
- Ask your team members to share their thoughts on your vision and take the time to clarify areas where they may lack clarity in terms of the direction and goals.
And finally, one of the best questions that I have found to accelerate leadership skill:
What’s one thing that you could add to what you already do, or stop doing that would help you “chase perfection…” so you “can catch excellence”?
Cynthi Knight helps leaders achieve better results by bridging the gap between where they are today and where they want to be as leaders. You can reach her at Cynthi@winning-leaders.org.