In most companies, this time of year is designated as a ”mini” performance review. Are you on track with your goals? How have you been performing? Companies use this mid-year evaluation as a checkpoint in case you’re slightly off track and need some reorientation. Problem is… most companies don’t do this in a constructive way so that you can actually make real career progress. Companies too often evaluate people on “what you did wrong” or “what you didn’t get done” as opposed to finding your strengths and helping you grow. That’s where leadership and its defined characteristics come into play. Three leadership characteristics that come to my mind are value recognition, information sharing, and a servant attitude.
A good leader recognizes the value that others add to the team and encourages their growth. Everyone is different and companies should strive to embrace that diversity in thought instead of grooming a cubicle full of clones.
Knowledge is power. A good leader shares information with their team. No one should be left guessing and in the dark – especially when it comes to overall goals and effort!
A leader servers others and expects nothing in return. Let’s face it… if you’re in a leadership role you probably didn’t get there all by yourself. You should be (and act) grateful to those that helped you and nurture those that are coming up along side of you.
At this midpoint of the year, how would you rate yourself in the areas of value recognition, information sharing, and having a servant attitude?