I recently asked a ten-year Team Member to complete an evaluation of me using questions I culled from various online sources. Here it is:
- Have you ever publicly criticized an employee?
- Do you take credit for your employees’ work?
- Do your employees fear you?
The Regional Property Managers might. Don’t know about others. Sometimes I’d rather avoid you if you’re “in a mood” where nothing I do is right, but I’m not fearful.
- Do you expect employees to do what you tell them without question?
- Do you believe employees should know what to do without you telling them or providing guidelines?
- Are you a yeller?
Only once in a while when you do the “lean over and pound your desk” thing!
- Do you demean employees as a form of punishment?
- Do you play favorites?
- Do you hate delegating?
- Do you check everyone’s work?
“Every action, every word, teaches the belief system that motivates it. What did you teach today?”
360-degree leadership is the concept that at some level we ALL are leaders, that we all impact others by our emotions, thoughts, and actions.
Everyone has the power to make an impact, to influence, to make a difference. And this is a practical definition of a leader: one who impacts, one who creates a response.
Leadership is not just a top down affair. One can effectively lead sideways and even upward.
As a leader, I know that my actions are impacted by the attitudes, initiatives, resourcefulness, and enthusiasm of those I lead. The greater the level of support I sense, the more swiftly I feel confident in moving forward, and the broader and more sweeping will be my vision.
Power may be thought of as either positional or personal.
Positional Power is external to you. It is your important job title, the thick wad of money in your wallet, the fancy car you drive, your impressive house, your degree from that Ivy League college. Because these things are external to you, they may be taken away from you.
Personal Power is internal to you. It is the skill set that earned you that important job title, it is the knowledge you gained studying hard to get into that Ivy League school. It is your ability to stay cool under pressure, it is your can-do mindset. It is your character, your resilience, your persistence, your patience, your intelligence. Because these things are internal to you, they cannot be taken away from you.