Leaders are a funny bunch.
They come in all shapes and sizes. And temperaments.
And according to that temperament, many leaders don’t have a good view of how they are leading.
Some tend to overestimate how they’re leading… that things are going great, when, in reality, they’re not.
Others tend to underestimate how they’re leading… that things are going horribly, when, in fact, they’re actually going pretty good.
Carey Nieuwhof suggests that if you think you’re doing better than you are, you’ll be the last person to realize you need to improve. And if you think things are not going well (and they are), you’re probably not tapping into your full potential.
So… Carey suggests three questions to ask yourself today to get a good self-assessment as to how you’re doing as a leader.
Are you ready? Here we go.
1. Is anyone following you? Look over your shoulder. If no ones there (or very few), then you’re not leading very well. In other words: I leader without followers is not a leader.
2. Who’s following you? Ask yourself: What KIND of person is following me. The caliber of people around you points to the caliber of leadership you are providing.
3. Who are you following? Who is your mentor? Who are you learning from? Who is building into you personally?
Carey quotes Jim Rohn: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.
Who are those five people?
So… what is your gut telling you? How well have you led in the past month? What can you do to be a better leader THIS WEEK?