The book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell continues to be an excellent resource and tool for leaders to assess their Leadership Aptitude and Performance. One of my favorites is the 1st, which is “The Law of the Lid”. The reality is your organization can only rise as high as your level of leadership. Where you are naive, lacking, stuck or plateaued is where the organization will stop as well.
Are you coachable? Are you open to feedback? Are you working on an area of growth intentionally? A leader’s ego can quickly hijack you from feeling your growth is a priority – when really it should be one of your top priorities. When a leader is a lid, it is not only frustrating but showcases the weak or poor skills of the leader. Everyone in the organization, even strong leaders, will struggle and be held back. This is why it is CRITICAL leaders are constantly working to assess their leadership, identify their next level and develop their skills. It is an ongoing process, as you strengthen one area, a new area will reveal itself. The work is not in vain. The world, business, and organizations are constantly changing, so the thriving and wise leader is also constantly changing and growing. A good leader knows that each day brings new things to learn and ways they can improve themselves for the sake of being their best for their team, organization and the cause for which they run. Which of the 21 Laws is a challenge for you right now and how are you working to intentionally build your skills in that area?
Pick up the book or here is a great summary to help you skim and assess (summary has great questions to ask yourself): https://keithdwalker.ca/wp-content/summaries/1-c/21-Irrefutable-LawsB.Maxwell.EBS_.pdf