Impact is the most important measure of leadership. How are you changing your organisation? Where are you taking your people?
Here are three questions you need to habitually ask yourself, to asses the impact of your leadership.
How are you making things better for your organisation?
Alignment with strategic intentions in crucial to leadership. When one arm of an organisation is out of sync it impacts the long-term progress of the organisation. Savvy leaders always ensure alignment by ensuring there is clarity amongst individual roles with all those roles clearly pointing to an overriding objective.
How are you making things better for the people in your organisation?
If you can't manage, you can't lead. Period. Effective managers operate with upmost clarity. They set clear goals and help people to achieve them. They create an environment that is supportive - a community - not a dictatorship creates the best results from people.
How can you increase your impact?
This question cuts to the heart of the leadership role. How can you improve yourself? What can you do to make your reach even wider? Most importantly, a question that is often overlooked by leaders who are busy concentrating on everybody else - are you considering how you will be remembered? Not because you want the glory but because you want to leave a legacy for your organisation. What will your legacy look like? This thought process should pave your leadership path.
Last but not least, do you have a mentor? If you want to expand your current remits how can you expect to do that on your own? You need to reach outside of your box with an expert, someone relevant to your organisation. Remember, mentoring is an effective tool for shaping organisational culture and closing engagement and generational gaps so, you need someone with a strong idea of whom you are leading. Select who you want to learn from carefully and make sure you include their mentorship advice in your self-development.