In the last edition of the newsletter, we discussed individual leadership gaps and how they can impact your success as a leader. It’s important to identify and either fix or compensate for them. These gaps can either be small and fix with some ‘leadership caulk’ or large which may require some ‘leadership patch.’ Either way, it’s important for leaders at all levels to regularly evaluate and correct their leadership gaps.
In this edition, we are going to discuss team leadership gaps. These are gaps in a leader’s team’s perception of their leadership. Typically, if your team perceives you as a good leader, they will follow you almost anywhere. Conversely, if they perceive you as a poor leader, they will do the bare minimum on their job and nothing more. We’ve all worked for leaders in both categories. Wouldn’t it have been nice to have an easily implemented, objective tool for to help them improve.
For the team leadership assessment, we take the individual assessment and ask their team similar questions focused on the leader. The team typically includes their direct reports (next level down), their peers (same level) and their supervisor (next level up).
The assessments are combined to obtain a total picture of how the people around the leader perceive their leadership behaviors. If the group is large enough, separate charts can be created to drill down into results even further. The results fall into one of four perception categories: similar, overstated, understated or mixed, as seen in the following ‘Total Team’ charts.
This is very similar to the typical 360 review with several important differences:
- Focus: leadership behavior versus a broad performance
- Implementation: turnkey versus complicated
- Feedback: quantifiable and actionable versus text-based with limited action in many cases
- Follow Up: coaching to help implement results versus limited or none
Once the results are compiled, the leader is worked with to help them fill the gaps by changing behaviors in their daily leadership practice.
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