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.