April 28th, 2020
The leadership that got you where you are today, is not the same that is required to get you where you want to go. The shift from managing to leading to can be difficult for even the most seasoned CEOs and business owners. There’s definitely a balance, but how do you find that optimal ratio for your company?
One tool that has helped LXCouncil members navigate this is our Leadership Skills Assessment.
It doesn’t take long, and it can be extremely helpful in bringing focus to your best leadership traits and skills. There are 5 simple steps:
- Brainstorm as many words as you can that describe you as a leader.
- Next, pick THREE of the words that BEST describe you as a leader.
- Once you’ve settled on three traits/words, list THREE of your greatest skills/talents.
- Next, reflect for a few minutes on how you bring the greatest the value to those around you. Write it down. Be specific.
- Finally, list some things that you are currently doing that you should NOT being doing as a leader.
In working through this exercise with LXCouncil member CEOs and business owners, we discovered that most of them shared the following commonalities:
- they forgot what their greatest skills are and as a result are utilizing them less than they used to
- there was a direct correlation between their greatest skills and what they loved to do
- they wanted to utilize their greatest skills more since that drove the most value and was what their team needed but at a different level than before
- they realized they could be a good mentor to others who needed to develop those greatest skills they possessed
- they had a very difficult time coming up with what they should not be doing …
- but when they did, they realized they had to give that up and allow the team to step up (delegate more and manage less)
- they understood they had remained involved in areas of the business they were no longer needed in and could let go (manage less)
As a result, they gained clarity on where they were managing that was no longer needed and where the team needed their leadership direction instead.
Where could you manage less and lead more?
If you’re ready to take your business and leadership skills to the next level, and if you think your business could benefit from more insights like what’s offered in this article, let’s start a conversation. LXCouncil may be the perfect next step!
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