Being an effective leader is a constant challenge that requires daily dedication and self-reflection. As owners, entrepreneurs, and executives, we have to make tough decisions every day that can impact not only our businesses but also the people who work for us. To ensure that our leadership skills are up to par and that we’re making the right decisions, it’s critical to perform a daily review of our leadership performance.
If you do the work to map out a new definition of this aspirational leader persona, you likely will identify gaps in who and what you are right now. Filling those gaps helps make you become a better leader. The journey to get there is simply a day-by-day walk to the higher plateau.
For people in positions of responsibility that include managing others, I often challenge them with the idea of creating a “better self” picture. What I mean by that is the idea of becoming the leader you really want to be.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of a daily leadership review and provide tips on how to get started.
First, the method, then the benefits.
Simply allow yourself five to ten minutes at the end of each day to look back on the events of the day. Ask yourself this simple question. ‘How did I show up at that moment?’
Whether it was a team meeting or a one-on-one, review whether or not you showed up saying and doing what you want your leadership persona to be about. If you fell short, make a note of it. If you had a victory, make note of that too. Keep a log. Score yourself on successful achievement of your effort to feel, act, and do the things that are consistent with the leader you want to be.
Next, take a peek at your schedule for tomorrow. Think about what situations you will be in. Commit to ‘show up’ in ways that properly assert your leadership style and brand. By preparing this way, you are more likely to, in fact, do it.
Hint – if you fall short, don’t get discouraged. It happens to the best of us. Just explore why you might have fallen short and look for the learning in how you can do it better tomorrow.
A daily review of your leadership performance will help you stay accountable for your actions. By comparing what you did during the day to what you intended to do, you can identify areas where you fell short and take action to correct them the next day. This can help you establish a sense of personal responsibility and integrity that can improve your leadership abilities.
Self-awareness is critical for effective leadership. A daily leadership performance review allows you to reflect on your actions, thoughts, and emotions throughout the day. This can help you identify patterns of behavior or communication that may be hindering your success. For example, you might notice that you tend to interrupt people during meetings. By becoming aware of this behavior, you can work to overcome it and improve your interpersonal skills.
Supports Continuous Improvement
Daily leadership performance reviews provide an opportunity for continuous improvement. By reflecting on what you did well and what needs improvement, you can identify areas for growth and take steps to develop new skills or behaviors. For example, you might realize that you need to work on your delegation skills to empower your team to take on more responsibilities. By making a plan to delegate more, you can improve your leadership abilities and create a more dynamic team culture.
Enhances Decision Making
Effective decision-making is critical for leadership success. Daily leadership performance reviews give you an opportunity to evaluate the outcomes of your decisions and reflect on how you arrived at them. This can help you refine your decision-making process, consider new perspectives, and make more informed choices in the future. For example, you might reflect on a decision you made that negatively impacted your team. By identifying what went wrong, you can learn from your mistakes and make better choices in the future.
Improves Team Performance
Finally, daily leadership performance reviews can help improve team performance. When leaders are open to feedback and committed to self-improvement, they set an example for their team members to follow. This can create a culture of continuous improvement and lead to higher levels of engagement, productivity, and job satisfaction. Additionally, by reflecting on your own leadership performance, you can identify areas where you can support your team better and provide more effective coaching and feedback.
In summary, taking the time to perform a daily review of your leadership performance can have significant benefits for you, your team, and your business. By holding yourself accountable, building self-awareness, supporting continuous improvement, enhancing decision-making, and improving team performance, you can take your leadership abilities to the next level.
So, start your daily leadership review today, and watch your leadership abilities soar to new heights!
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