Leaders should constantly examine their leadership: abilities, style, resources, and growth.
One of the critical concerns for leadership development is learning to ask the right questions. Based on their book Primal Leadership, Learning To Lead With Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee examine five discoveries needed to make an emotionally intelligent leader.
These discoveries involve asking the following questions:
Who do we want to be as a leader? Considering the answer to this question must go beyond surface or superficial answers.
Who are we? Leaders must constantly examine both strengths and weaknesses to determine where we are in our leadership.
Do we work on developing who we want to be, or what someone else wants us to be? This can be one of the strongest challenges leaders face.
Are we willing to form new habits of practice? Developing a new mindset and implementing the necessary changes to grow in our leadership is key to reaching goals.
What emphasis are we placing upon developing relationships? The power of relationships help build confident leadership.
Consideration of these five areas will point us in the right direction for leadership development.