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Which best describes you?
I am a senior executive or CEO
I am an entrepreneur or small business owner
I manage a team
I am a functional expert, transitioning to leadership for the first time
I am an aspiring manager
My biggest leadership challenge today is:
Driving better results in my business unit
Recruiting, hiring and motivating great people to top performance
Understanding the market and how my company can fit into it with a strategy that’s real
Using analytics to improve my business
Managing an important change initiative
Streamlining processes to create the best experience for my customer
Generating awareness for my organization’s product or service
Starting my own business or taking my current one to the next level
The largest gap in my leadership skills is in the area of:
A leader gets pulled in a thousand directions a day, but underneath it all, a leader has one main job: do everything it takes to build great teams.
I feel comfortable delivering candid feedback, even when the news is tough, because candor makes organizations more effective and at the end of the day, I believe most people fundamentally prefer the truth.
I’m open to receiving pushback from others and don’t take it personally when I do. After all, productive pushback is part of getting ideas out there and making organizations thrive.
Once you, as a leader, determine the mission of the organization, you need to talk about it with excitement and energy basically non-stop, until your people can recite it in their sleep. And then even after that.
Leaders must connect emotionally with their people. Bosses who are remote or withholding --or who rule by fear -- are flat-out ineffective.
Leaders can’t get anything done without trust, but building trust is pretty straight-forward. Skip the BS, politics, and bureaucracy. Say what you mean, do what you say, and give credit where it’s due.
To me, business is fascinating. I’m always trying to figure out how companies can succeed strategically and what it takes to really win.
I get a real thrill when the people around me at work excel. I understand when you’re a leader, it’s not about you anymore. It’s about your people.
The key to getting ahead in your career is not outshining another team member or playing golf with the right partner or creating the fanciest PowerPoint slides. It’s making your company succeed by over-delivering on your results.
Three characteristics define me: curiosity, optimism, and getting the job done.
I feel comfortable saying, “I don’t know.” That’s often the first step to getting informed quickly and moving forward intelligently.
I’ve gotten to the point where I understand change is a necessary part of business, and I can, on a good day, even embrace it in all its messy glory.
Leaders need to make the time to celebrate – because celebrating even small successes is what makes work exciting, fun, and meaningful.
Dignity and voice for all people, no matter what their background, rank, or title, is a principle I fully and sincerely embrace.
Growth is the wonderful elixir of life – for both companies and careers.