Measuring Success as a Leader
Your criteria for success must be determined before you start because that allows you to define the strategy to get from here to there. There should then be markers along the way that indicate if you are on the right path - objective measures that you have pre-set. Success should be measured both on the metrics side and the relational and culture side. Don't miss this invaluable video from Dr. Cloud about why measuring success as a leader is so essential, and how to do it.
Tools for Developing Self-Awareness
Self-awareness begins with honing other awareness. That means that we learn from other people about what they see in us because we all have so many areas that we just can't see. Until we see ourselves from the outside, we don't know how to do better. In this clip, Dr. Cloud teaches practical tools for developing self-awareness.
Symptoms of Poor Self-Leadership
There are three main areas to look at when considering how an individual is doing at self-leadership: 1) clinical, or how they're feeling and behaving, 2) relational, or how they are connecting, or not connecting, with others, and 3) performance. If any one or all of these areas are starting to fray, it can indicate that the self-leadership system is getting over-taxed. Listen for more from Dr. Cloud on the symptoms of poor self-leadership.
We often confuse discipline, organization, and structure. Someone may not appear outwardly organized because they're not structured, but organization is primarily an internal executive function which is essential for a leader. Discipline means that you're someone who leans into what must be done; if it's lacking, there are a number of potential reasons that must be explored. Click play to hear from Dr. Cloud about the common reasons people lack discipline, and what to do if it's a skill you need to develop.
Importance of Emotional Intelligence
Executive-level leaders often have much in common by the time they reach that level, yet their performance-level differs. The reason for that are soft skills such as emotional intelligence. The ability to self-regulate, work well with others, and the use of good judgement, are all examples of factors that set great leaders apart from good ones. In this clip, Dr. Cloud makes the case for the importance of emotional intelligence.
Healthy leaders respond to mistakes by embracing them and owning them. When we can move toward awareness of what we haven't done well, we have a true opportunity to fix and learn from that mistake. High performers use every outcome, good or bad, to learn. Watch as Dr. Cloud lays out how the way we respond to our mistakes can facilitate a growth mindset.
Habits of Healthy Leaders
There are lots of ways to do leadership, but you'll find consistencies between the healthiest leaders. For one, they have a lot of clarity about where they want to go, which takes time and work. Another common discipline is planning - they don't go into things unprepared. Listen for more habits Dr. Cloud observes in healthy leaders.
The Effect of Self-Perception
Self-perception is akin to a GPS; you must know where you are, how fast you're driving, and in what direction, to be able to get from Point A to Point B. We want to get our self-perception tuned in so that it's as close to on par with how others see us as possible. Poor performers have a tendency to view themselves higher than others view them - the goal is to right size that. In this video, Dr. Cloud explores the effects of self-perception.
Finding Your Leadership Style
Ironically, the best way to find your leadership style is as unique as your leadership style itself. Some find their personal leadership style by observing others and identifying what they gravitate toward and don't. Others do it through a more traditional study of leadership. The bottom line is you don't have to be like everyone else and that you have something uniquely valuable to bring to the table. Watch for more wisdom from Dr. Cloud about finding the leadership style for which you are uniquely designed.
When to Delegate and Empower
The best leaders know that their job description is to figure out how to fully delegate what is on their plate so that they can focus on building for the future. There are certain things that only the leader's chair can do, but what are you doing that someone else can do? It's one of the most important questions a leader can ask. Learn from Dr. Cloud in this video about how leaders should approach delegating to and empowering their team members.
The Consequences of Pride and Insecurity
Pride and insecurity can both erode leadership, but for different reasons. Real pride that's not insecurity-driven is the arrogant belief that you know better, which sets you up for a fall. Humility is simply honesty. Insecurity is when someone feels as though they are not good enough and is also best addressed through honesty and asking for help. Listen as Dr. Cloud shares about how to develop humility and confidence in place of pride and insecurity.