If a leader truly wants to improve, they will want to turn up the fallibility index on their self-perception. Here the active adult learner is not done with who they want to be.
Part of this pursuit is to wonder what it is they don’t see about themselves (blindspots) and work hard to solicit and consider feedback from trusted sources that can contribute to a short list of improvement targets.
Another part of this pursuit is to find some good benchmark reference points for good leadership teams. These lists could complement the lists you developed via the last two newsletters. One of my favorite guides is Larry M Miller’s Barbarians to Bureaucrats. A shortened version is available via this link.
Briefly Miller describes seven progressive leadership styles (behavior and thinking):
A real advantage of Miller’s work is that it treats the needs of leadership styles as a progression of productive behavior and thinking styles that work toward great success, but then often continue to include self-defeating behavior and thinking styles that negatively affect whole organizations.
Read the article and compare your leadership characteristics to the seven stages, and then compare your organizations characteristic to the seven stages. A great centerpoint to a leadership team’s self-evaluation. Can we see ourselves objectively? What should we do about it.
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