5 Proactive Steps to Becoming a More Effective Leader

February 8, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

In this guest blog post Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements, shares his thoughts on simple steps you can take to become much more effective in your leadership role. You can find out more at his excellent blog at goalsandachievements.com

5 Proactive Steps to Becoming a More Effective Leader

Your effectiveness as a leader significantly impacts on the results that you deliver.  The results that you deliver not only impacts on the success you deliver for your organisation or team but also the personal success you achieve.  So what proactive things can you do to become a more effective leader?

Step 1: Do a self assessment

A great quality of effective leaders is self awareness.  They know where their strengths are and are also aware of their weaker areas.  Start the journey to becoming a more effective leader by carrying out and honest and objective self assessment.

Step 2: Get some feedback

Even if you are the most self aware person around, chances are you still have a few blind spots.  We often fail to recognise or even see strengths that others see in us or weaknesses that are getting in the way of success.  Collect some feedback from at least 10 people to get a rounded picture of where you stand as leader.

Step 3: Make a plan

Many people talk about the importance of continued development.  Very few on the other hand make a clear plan when it comes to development.  Think about it.  Would you try to build a house without a plan?  Of course not yet, many people fail to create a plan when it comes to building their leadership capability.  Simply thinking about what you need to develop and putting in place some basic activities that you will undertake will set you apart from most.

Step 4: Create accountability

A plan is great and more than most will do.  By creating some accountability you will greatly increase the chances of executing and getting the results you want.  Why?  Simply because when you have to account to someone else for what you did or did not do, you are more likely to follow through.

Step 5: Keep refreshing the plan

Professional and personal development is not done once and forgotten about.  New areas emerge that you need to work on or the internal or external environment in which you work changes.  Make sure that you refresh your plan periodically so that it remains relevant.

Bottom Line? Developing yourself as a leader is no longer an optional extra.  So what proactive steps will you take to becoming a more effective leader and achieve success?

Duncan Brodie is a leadership and management expert who can help you and your people achieve extraordinary success. Check his website out at www.goalsandachievements.co.uk

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