Once you have a clear sense of who you are, the next phase in self-leadership development is to conduct an honest and objective self-evaluation. This is all about knowing where you are right now.
What is your current reality? That is the key question here. When you can answer this question, you will have a clear sense of where you are strong—what you’re doing well, and where you are weak—what you’re not doing so well. Most people are good at answering the first part but struggle to identify their weaknesses and deficiencies.
It’s hard for leaders because they think that they must always appear to have it together and know all the answers. But that should not be the case. Leaders, more than anyone, need to demonstrate vulnerability and a willingness to consistently evaluate themselves in order to know where they need to get better. When they do so, others take notice and follow their lead.
Personal leadership development is a perpetual process. You can always improve! But that will only happen if you are willing to evaluate yourself. Great leaders understand this reality and commit to a consistent effort to capitalize upon their strengths and correct their weaknesses. As a result, their ability to lead others more effectively is strengthened in the process.
Conversely, the leader who does not self-evaluate because they do not perceive the need for growth and development is the leader who, at some point, is rendered ineffective. When a leader stops growing, the followers stop growing.
Quotes on Self-Leadership:
“As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me.” -John Maxwell
“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” -Ray Kroc
“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.” -Warren Bennis