What's Your Role As a Leader?
Evaluate yourself for leadership roles using this tip
One of the foundational steps of effective leadership is determining the leadership roles for which you are most suited and in which you are most likely to succeed. To evaluate yourself for leadership roles, let’s first look at the characteristics of the position using the acronym ROLE.
Results—You need a clear understanding of what the person in the role is to accomplish.
Organization – The role is important in light of the organization you are leading.
Leadership – Know and understand the past and current leadership of the organization as well as the people you are to lead and their ability to do the jobs and their willingness to be led.
Expectations – Know the expectations and have an understanding of the amount of time and effort that will be required of you in the role.
Now let’s look at your characteristics as a potential leader using the acronym FITS.
Functional competencies – What skills and abilities do you bring to this role?
Industry experience – Where have you worked and what have you done in this industry that adds value to your candidacy for the position?
Traits – Consider the following traits: personal presence, personality, intelligence, and style of leadership. There are four leadership styles: directing, coaching, supporting and delegating. Which represents you?
Standards – Do your values and purpose align with those of the organization?
After reflecting on these questions, can you see areas in your leadership role that are not a good fit for you? Are there changes you can make to yourself or to the role to make it a better fit? What steps can you take today to make that happen?
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