Can you create a team? A business leader cannot scale a business by him or herself. The key is your ability to put people around you who may be or are smarter or better than you. It is that team that gets your organization to the goal line and above.
As a leader of other leaders/managers, it is a very important KPI to keep an eye on! In real life, there are unfortunately many managers who are afraid to hire people who are smarter or better than themselves! If you allow this, results will be thereafter and that will reflect on your leadership.
By the way, does your organization have a composition of employees that reflects customer groups and communities? Which means that age’s spread (e.g. 25-70), gender and ethnicity reflect this, if not, then your organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy is BS and illusion.
Can You delegate? You have your team, are you able to give them real work that maximizes their skill-set and motivation, individually and as a team?
Do You have a clear vision for your team? Does everyone understand this vision and their role in it?
Can you communicate in a clear language that everyone in your team understands?
If you want someone to do something for you or with you, then you need to be excellent at communicating and controlling your attractiveness. All communication takes place on the recipient’s premises. You’ve lost if your recipient gets a “not present” in the eyes and says, “exciting or something similar”.
If you look at communication as a form of gravitation that equals clarity times opinion, then the gravitation force lies in equality to communicate. In other words, are you clear and make sense to me?
All communication takes place on the recipient’s premises. And if I think you’re uninteresting or just wrong, you’re so – for me. You must make up your mind if I as a recipient of your communication is important to you or not. If I am not, you’re just communicating to yourself.
A leader’s information and communication, whether it is for employees, customers, media or other stakeholders, should be relevant. Do you give meaning to me – here and now? In the world and context that is mine – right now. Do you have gravity, are you clear and give meaning to those you would like to attract?
In the same way as communication, the ability to listen is important for a leader! For people to buy into a vision requires that they feel that they are heard and listened to. The best leaders are open and listen. People follow people who are honest, thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent and that actually listen to what you have to say.