A simple tip to become a better leader. Avoid Osmosis!
I am going to share the single most important tip I have gleaned from my experience coaching thousands of leaders over the past two decades.
I have helped these leaders get feedback about their performance using 360 degree feedback. Along the way, some common leadership themes have emerged. These themes don’t apply to all leaders but they do apply to many. They have been validated in my many one-on-one leadership coaching sessions and when consulting with leaders and their teams on how to improve performance.
There is a common factor underpinning the common leadership weaknesses. This became clear just by asking some simple questions.
If you want to be a better leader, pay attention to this one tip and ask yourself the same questions.
Common leadership strengths & weaknesses
The common strengths I most often see in leaders are:
- Results Focus
- Technical Skills
- Accepting Accountability
- Commercial Acumen
- Planning & Organising
And the skills that most leaders need to develop are:
- Coaching & Developing People
- Managing Performance
- Managing Conflict
- Leading Change & Innovation
- Building Teamwork
These are all critical skills for motivating and managing people. When I work with leaders to develop these skills, I ask a couple of simple questions. I consistently get the same answers.