Understanding your own leadership abilities
by Jo Ann Sweeney - 10:25 on 07 July 2011
There are so many different ways of defining leadership abilities; and often little clarity within organisations about which abilities are considered important and which are not.
Leadership abilities – what are they?
Stephen Covey’s book The Speed of Trust has some helpful insights. He defines our capabilities as our natural talents; attitudes; technical, professional, people & communication skills; knowledge and style.
Make some time to evaluate what you think and feel about your own leadership abilities. Here are two quick and easy tools you can use. You’ll find plenty more on Google.
Ask others for their views
Assessing yourself gives one half of the picture; asking others for their perceptions gives you the other half. Here is a feedback tool I regularly recommend from personal branding guru William Arruda
When you take this assessment ask lots of people including your colleagues, family, friends, those you know like you and those you know don’t.
Talk things through with a mentor
Once you have the results from these and any other assessments you take, talk them through with a mentor – or a colleague you trust if you don’t have a mentor.
Jo Ann Sweeney is a consultant known for clarifying the complex. She helps organisations and teams use communications to build relationships of trust with internal and external audiences.
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