Leadership Checklist

Leadership Checklist

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

 

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Top 10 Leadership Checks

  1. As a leader, I seek first to understand, and I listen to people until they feel heard (empathic listening.)
  2. As a leader, I set the example others wish to emulate.
  3. As a leader, I vary my leadership style to motivate when needed or direct based on the needs and abilities of the team.
  4. As a leader, I vary my leadership style between people-focused and task-focused based on the situation I’m in.
  5. As a leader, I continuously find ways to simplify.
  6. As a leader, I focus on service to others.
  7. As a leader, I allocate time for what’s important.
  8. As a leader, I do what I say I will do.
  9. As a leader, I create a compelling vision that inspires people to rally around.
  10. As a leader, I take feedback and adapt in response.

Core Checks

  1. As a leader, I am a self-starter and I take the initiative.
  2. As a leader, I am approachable and encourage people to talk to me.
  3. As a leader, I ask questions that help move the ball forward.
  4. As a leader, I build the confidence of others.
  5. As a leader, I know whether my strengths are thought-leadership, people leadership, or both.
  6. As a leader, I focus on self-leadership before leading others (self-leadership, team leadership, organizational leadership, etc.)
  7. As a leader, I influence others through skills and connection, not power and position.
  8. As a leader, I focus on “we” not “me.”
  9. As a leader, I over-communicate both upwards and downwards.
  10. As a leader, I realize my success comes through others.
  11. As a leader, I remind myself that leadership is a privilege in that people choose to follow.
  12. As a leader, I scale my impact by thinking in terms of systems and ecosystems.
  13. As a leader, I think beyond the moment.
  14. As a leader, I treat people the way I want to be treated.

Action

  1. As a leader, I ask, “What do we want to accomplish?”
  2. As a leader, I avoid inaction.
  3. As a leader, I avoid unnecessary distractions.
  4. As a leader, I balance the results with the journey.
  5. As a leader, I create SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and Timely)
  6. As a leader, I demonstrate a bias for action.
  7. As a leader, I ensure people have intrinsically motivating goals.
  8. As a leader, I help identify next steps.
  9. As a leader, I help people identify the tests for success.
  10. As a leader, I help people identify what good would look like.
  11. As a leader, I help people feel a sense of progress.
  12. As a leader, I hold people accountable to what they agreed they would do.
  13. As a leader, I inspire others to action.
  14. As a leader, I maintain quality and deadlines while dealing with multiple priorities.
  15. As a leader, I mobilize my team to achieve.
  16. As a leader, I structure a path for success.
  17. As a leader, I surround myself with people that balance my weaknesses and amplify my strengths.
  18. As a leader, I take bold action.
  19. As a leader, I take decisive action.
  20. As a leader, I turn ideas into actions.

Change

  1. As a leader, I anticipate and prepare for changes.
  2. As a leader, I build a sense of urgency for the most important things.
  3. As a leader, I communicate the “what,” “why”, “who”, “how” and “when” of a change initiative.
  4. As a leader, I embrace change.
  5. As a leader, I put together the right coalition of people to help drive change.
  6. As a leader, I see change as an opportunity.
  7. As a leader, I socialize change in effective ways.
  8. As a leader, I stay flexible in my approach.
  9. As a leader, I understand and can articulate the risks of change and the risks of avoiding change.

Communication

  1. As a leader, I challenge ideas while respecting other opinions.
  2. As a leader, I communicate clearly.
  3. As a leader, I ask solution-focused questions, such as “How might we solve that?”
  4. As a leader, I communicate in an open and respectful way.
  5. As a leader, I encourage people to bring me problems.
  6. As a leader, I encourage people to put their ideas out on the table.
  7. As a leader, I encourage an open door policy.
  8. As a leader, I know how to manage up, down, and sideways effectively.
  9. As a leader, I lead with my “why.”
  10. As a leader, I let people know they’ve been heard by replaying back what I’ve heard.
  11. As a leader, I listen with the intent to learn.

Decisions and Choice

  1. As a leader, I always factor the “right” thing to do and ethics when faced with choices and decisions.
  2. As a leader, I am not afraid to admit when I am wrong or someone has a better idea.
  3. As a leader, I am prepared to make tough decisions.
  4. As a leader, I build consensus for ideas.
  5. As a leader, I focus on doing business the right, ethical way.
  6. As a leader, I help people understand that until a decision is made its ok to argue like hell but once it is made everyone needs to get in the boat and row!
  7. As a leader, I involve the right people for key decisions.
  8. As a leader, I know when to defer to other people for their expertise.
  9. As a leader, I recognize that not all people will agree with my decisions.

Energy, Motivation, and Inspiration

  1. As a leader, I build a team of energizers and weed out the energy sappers.
  2. As a leader, I demonstrate passion and enthusiasm.
  3. As a leader, I give others meaningful work and show them why it’s meaningful.
  4. As a leader, I identify opportunities.
  5. As a leader, I invest in people’s strengths to help them blossom.
  6. As a leader, I look to the future with possibility.
  7. As a leader, I make people feel valued for their contributions.
  8. As a leader, I make the workplace an enjoyable place to be.
  9. As a leader, I reward effort and results.
  10. As a leader, I reward people when they excel.
  11. As a leader, I spend more time in my strengths and less time in my weaknesses.
  12. As a leader, I take time to renew and recharge.

Influence and Connection

  1. As a leader, I balance connection and conviction.
  2. As a leader, I build trust through reliable actions.
  3. As a leader, I connect with people’s values.
  4. As a leader, I demonstrate compassion for people and their situations.
  5. As a leader, I demonstrate empathy for the people.
  6. As a leader, I demonstrate empathy for the situation.
  7. As a leader, I establish rapport before trying to influence.
  8. As a leader, I read a situation to know who the owners, influencers, and decision makers are.
  9. As a leader, I recognize that I cannot please all the people all the time.

Learning, Growth, and Self-Awareness

  1. As a leader, I am a lifelong learner.
  2. As a leader, I am open to feedback and constructive criticism.
  3. As a leader, I encourage healthy competition.
  4. As a leader, I encourage people to test themselves and stretch themselves.
  5. As a leader, I encourage testing results.
  6. As a leader, I find the lessons and carry the good ideas forward.
  7. As a leader, I find ways for people, processes, and products to grow and evolve.
  8. As a leader, I focus on strengths and limit liabilities.
  9. As a leader, I follow the growth.
  10. As a leader, I get feedback on my actions and the impact on people.
  11. As a leader, I give honest and constructive feedback—the kind I would like to receive.
  12. As a leader, I help people spend more time in their strengths.
  13. As a leader, I know and act according to my principles.
  14. As a leader, I know how to provide specific, accurate, timely, and relevant constructive feedback.
  15. As a leader, I know my weaknesses.
  16. As a leader, I model the best.
  17. As a leader, I own my mistakes.
  18. As a leader, I provide opportunities for my people to excel
  19. As a leader, I seek input from multiple perspectives on how to improve.
  20. As a leader, I improve my weaknesses that are liabilities.
  21. As a leader, I use mistakes as learning opportunities.
  22. As a leader, I use tough situations as leadership opportunities.
  23. As a leader, when I make a mistake, I do what I can to make it right.

Problem Solving

  1. As a leader, I ask clarifying questions about the problem.
  2. As a leader, I break down problems into smaller, easier, more manageable chunks.
  3. As a leader, I challenge myself to take on big hairy challenges.
  4. As a leader, I focus on the task and keep my ego out of it.
  5. As a leader, I frame the problem in a way that’s actionable.
  6. As a leader, I help people focus on what they control.
  7. As a leader, I prioritize solving the right problems first (solving the problems that have the most impact).
  8. As a leader, I solve problems.

Teamwork

  1. As a leader, I ask people what they need to be successful.
  2. As a leader, I break the work down in a way that can be managed effectively.
  3. As a leader, I clear roadblocks for people.
  4. As a leader, I create a sense of ownership.
  5. As a leader, I create ways for people to collaborate on problems.
  6. As a leader, I delegate tasks effectively.
  7. As a leader, I empower people to get their jobs done.
  8. As a leader, I encourage others to spend more time in their strengths and less time in their weaknesses.
  9. As a leader, I encourage others to take bold action.
  10. As a leader, I encourage people to share what they know and grow others.
  11. As a leader, I encourage people to team up.
  12. As a leader, I find a way for the team to win.
  13. As a leader, I foster team spirit.
  14. As a leader, I give others the leeway to do the work.
  15. As a leader, I help clarify expectations and roles.
  16. As a leader, I help find ways to make my team more productive.
  17. As a leader, I help manage and balance personalities on the team.
  18. As a leader, I help my people balance their work and life.
  19. As a leader, I help people find roles that unleash and bring out their best.
  20. As a leader, I help people internalize what success looks like.
  21. As a leader, I help people work together by focusing on the greater good.
  22. As a leader, I know how to get out of the way and let people do their jobs.
  23. As a leader, I know the strengths individuals bring to the table.
  24. As a leader, I know when to play quarterback and when to play coach.
  25. As a leader, I share what I learn to help make others great.
  26. As a leader, I set clear boundaries and allow people to act within those boundaries.
  27. As a leader, I value and encourage diversity on the team.
  28. As a leader, I value the unique contribution that each individual brings.

Vision, Mission, Values

  1. As a leader, I can communicate the mission in one line.
  2. As a leader, I can prioritize effectively across competing concerns.
  3. As a leader, I can relate the vision and mission to what people are doing.
  4. As a leader, I co-create a compelling mission that is simple, sticky, and powerful.
  5. As a leader, I co-create a vision that people sign up for.
  6. As a leader, I create a larger playground for more people to play.
  7. As a leader, I demonstrate that I respect other people’s values.
  8. As a leader, I have a vision for the organization that inspires.
  9. As a leader, I help people see the forest from the trees by communicating priorities and setting focus.
  10. As a leader, I know what my values are and I communicate them to others.
  11. As a leader, I live my values.
  12. As a leader, I respect other peoples’ opinions even if I disagree with them.

via @J.D. Meier

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