I am big on personal reflection and examination. I spend a fair amount of time processing things in my head (probably too much if I am honest). I have been processing some unique, and what I believe are important, things regarding myself and leadership. The following is a list of things I have been thinking through and as a result I have been trying to help others think through as well.
- Do people think that the only time I contact them is when I need something from them? I want people to know I value them not for what they can DO, but for who they ARE.
- Do the people who know me the most, respect me the most? Could those who are closest to me testify to my character?
- What is the reaction people have when I walk into a room? Are they glad? Encouraged? Scared? Hopeful? Frustrated? Stressed?
- Do others feel like I trust them and am giving them a chance to fail and succeed? If ability is shown in your PRESENCE and leadership is shown in your ABSENCE, then I need to make sure I am being absent where I should be.
- Am I viewed as a hard worker? I think most people are lazy. I never want people to think I am just getting by. Am I associated with hard work?
- Would people think of me as an encourager or as someone always picking out others’ flaws?
- Do people see me as someone who would help them if they had a problem at home? Would they think I would help them move into a new house? Do they think I would be willing to watch their kids? I want to be seen as more than some one who just does my job well. I want people around me to know I am for them.
- Do those I lead think I talk about them behind their backs? I am not saying do I speak celebratory stuff about them to others, but rather do they think I am tearing them down.