Or, I love it when a plan comes together…
Welcome to my leadership improvement journey. I you missed the first two posts you may want to check them out by using the links at the bottom of this post. Go ahead, I’ll wait for you.
This is where this process gets tough. Not only do I have to deal with the realities of my shortcomings but I also have to create some action plans to improve those areas. Now mind you, one way of improving an area is to join forces with someone who has my weakness as their strength. This gives me more time to focus on my strengths. Whether or not I do a good job of that is perhaps the topic of another evaluation.
Today we are going to look at the first grouping of questions which are on the topic of strategy. All the questions in this evaluation followed the same form. Two extremes on a scale of 1 to 5. Here were the three questions that I asked and how I scored.
Thinks short-term or long-term?: 3.82
Lacks vision or has a vision for his organization?: 4.27
Spends his time fighting fires and resolving crises or spends time setting the direction for his organization?: 3.82
My overall strategy score was a 3.97
Now what I found with this survey as I began to analyze the results is that a lower or mid-range score does not necessarily speak poorly of your leadership. A lot of the answers should change depending on the size of the organization you are leading and smaller organizations with a fewer key leaders require leaders to run the middle on many of the areas that I evaluated. With that in mind, let me share with you how I read my results as if I were to write up a review based on these results.
You are a man with a vision. You know where you are going and why it’s important. You are looking to the future but are still engaged in the day to day details and conflicts. At times your focus is directed at the immediate while the future gets closer and closer. The problem here is that the immediate is always with you. Unless you more regularly focus your attention on where you are going you will constantly be entangled with where you are.
My Advice: As the organization grows you need to allow others to focus on the details in a much greater capacity. Find detail oriented leaders and release them not only with the responsibility but the authority to carry out the vision. Free yourself up to dream regularly and talk about those dreams regularly.
One last thing. Included in this evaluation I asked each person to list 5 words they felt best described me. At the end of each post I will share on persons list of 5 words with you. I will also write a wrap up post with all of the words and talk about those that find a common theme among all my reviewers. Here is today list.
5 Words That Best Describe James
Well, that’s how I read it. What are your conclusions and more importantly, what advice do you have for me to improve in this area?