In John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership he talks about the Law of the Lid. He states “Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness.” Think of your level of effectiveness as a leadership lid. All of us have different levels of effectiveness. If you rate your leadership effectiveness on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being low and 10 being high that rating becomes your measure of success. This represents your strengths and areas of opportunity. There are several different models of leadership competencies, choose one and use it as a tool to raise your leadership lid.
Below is a model I refer to when I’m working with managers to develop their leadership competencies. Leadership is multi-dimensional; below are six competencies that can be used to evaluate your level of effectiveness. How would you rate yourself? Is there an opportunity to level up your leadership lid?
|Self-Awareness||Leverages strengths in self and others, recognizes limitations, seeks feedback, and is open to new ideas. Adapts to others needs.|
|Visioning||Clearly articulates a compelling vision of a desired outcome and how it will benefit others.|
|Interpersonal Communications||Leader communicates often, both good and bad news. Leader appreciates others’ opinions and builds win-win alliances.|
|Technical Competence||Experienced in the required skills, which might be technical, managerial, planning, and problem solving.|
|Supports team in achieving goals/objectives or outcomes through effective delegation, leverages team diversity (strengths, skills knowledge) and develops team members.|
|Consistently does what they say they are going to do. Leadership is viewed as a responsibility and privilege rather than an entitlement and a right. Desire to help and serve others.|