As a military leader we must constantly evaluate our effectiveness and look for new ways to improve so we can become the best leader possible. I’ve found that one of the best ways to evaluate our effectiveness is to ask ourselves questions so we can analyze what we are currently doing.
Sometimes you have to ask yourself the tough questions and of course you have to keep it real with yourself. If you don’t like the answers to the questions, go and do something about it! That is the only way you can stretch yourself and develop your potential.
I recently listened to a CD from Success Magazine with John Maxwell and he provided some great questions that all leaders should ask themselves. I think this is a good starting point for all military leaders. Feel free to expand on this list as you think of additional questions.
- Do I set direction and cast vision well in my organization?
- Do I cultivate a culture of growth?
- Do I achieve results with others?
- Do I engage and develop a consensus with others?
- Do I lead well in a crisis?
- Do I recreate myself and organization when needed?
- Do I make things happen?
I hope that you will take the time to ask yourself these questions and answer them. Write your answers down and spend some time thinking about your answers. Keep a journal with each question as the header. Identify areas you can improve and areas you should sustain. Keep track of goals and check off when you have successes. Change the failures. By doing so, you will become a better military leader.
What are your thoughts? Feel free to leave your comments, opinions and questions below. Any other tips you may want to share with readers is greatly appreciated. Thanks for visiting.