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Why Leadership Self-Assessment is Important

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A willingness to carry out self-evaluation is one of the best possible qualities in a leader as it indicates that they’re prepared to make changes for the good of the team and wider company.

A leader’s behaviour, personality and style of working naturally has a huge impact on the workplace environment, including employee engagement, motivation and communication. Always making a concerted effort to monitor and review your own actions means you’ll never stop developing as a leader.

Why is leadership self-assessment important for a leader?

Leadership self-assessment is of enormous benefit to the individual themselves. Having a good self-awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses will highlight those areas of your professional life where you can make improvements. Hopefully, this should motivate you to make real changes.

Once you are aware of where your strengths and weaknesses lie, you can make a realistic plan of action that takes them into account. For example, which tasks or actions might be best for you to delegate (don’t forget – the best leaders are also followers. Learn more about ‘Followership’ at the end of this article).

This will allow you to focus on areas you need to work on in order to further your personal growth and achieve greater professional success. As a leader, it’s important to recognise and understand your own behaviours before you try to guide and advise others.

Why is leadership self-assessment important for others in the business?

A large part of leadership self-assessment is evaluating your level of emotional intelligence. A leader with a high level of emotional intelligence is often able to create a more positive, welcoming and inclusive work environment. This is because they can act in an empathetic manner, take criticism on board and be the diplomat in heated discussions. Employees see this and start to follow the example. The net result is a team and leader who feel comfortable communicating with each other and have a greater appreciation for what every individual brings to the table. Ultimately, this improves the chances of the company reaching its desired destination.

Conducting a leadership self-assessment can also help boost your credibility in the eyes of your employees. They see that you are willing to identify and address your own weaknesses and deficiencies, not just blame others. Leaders will often state that there is room for improvement and push their team further to get the very best out of them. Employees respect leaders who follow through on that advice themselves.

How can you carry out a leadership self-assessment?

When it comes to leadership self-assessment, there are a number of options available to you. Each of the different tools has their advantages and disadvantages so simply choose the one that is most likely to provide the information that you are looking for. Remember, no assessment tool is 100% accurate. You should view the results as a guide rather than an objective truth, and use them as a starting point for your own personal reflections.

If you’re particularly interested in gaining a greater understanding of your dominant personality traits, the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator is a popular choice for self-assessment. You simply need to answer a series of questions and you’ll then be presented with a summary of your preferences in how you perceive your surroundings and make decisions.

To facilitate your own self-assessment, you may also wish to complete a 360-degree leadership assessment. Employees are invited to provide their own feedback via a questionnaire on your leadership, performance, communication skills and a variety of other areas. This is typically done anonymously to ensure a greater degree of honesty. Once the feedback is in, you can compare what other people think of you with your own reflections. Think of it as expectations versus reality!

 


Followership

While self-assessment will help you recognise your own weaknesses allowing you to make improvements, great leadership is also about knowing when to be a follower.

Learn more about Followership from 6 Group’s Managing Director, James Beazley:

 

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