Tip #483: A Leadership Development Plan

First of all, let me apologize for missing September 2 and 9. I was conducting business management training for Private Medical Training Institutions in Lusaka, Zambia. I had thought I’d scheduled those Tips, but apparently not.

Here is today’s Tip, somewhat later than you usually get it.

Leadership Skill Set:          Self-Reflection

ACTION: Daily Self-Evaluation

Do this self-evaluation at the start of each workday in a quiet place:
  1. Review your actions from the previous day in terms of their impact on work relationships, employee morale, customer service, quality of performance, and costs.
  2. Make a list of three actions you took that made a positive contribution.
  3. Make a second list of three actions you took (or did not take) that made things worse.
  4. Alter your behavior for today based on the insights gained from reviewing yesterday’s actions.
  5. At least once a week, discuss your observations and progress with someone you trust.

These daily prompt assessments will enable you to correct mistakes at a time when changes are likely to be most effective.

Involving someone else in your evaluation is especially powerful and will lead to positive results in a comparatively short amount of time. Eventually, consistent use of this tactic will lead to the adoption of “new” and more effective practices.

I’ve used this in several leadership development programs. What do you think of it?

May your learning be sweet.


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