So, what can you do? I’ve found that the characteristics or behaviors the executive director is often looking for are:
- Taking initiative
- Making decisions
- Solving problems
- Taking ownership
Here is a simple self-assessment you can have your leaders take – it measures these four areas.
Individual Leadership Assessment
1 = Almost Never
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Almost Always
__ 1. I gather and utilize available information in order to understand and solve organizational issues and problems.
__ 2. I generate multiple solutions to solving a problem.
__ 3. I implement, monitor, adjust and try again.
__ 4. I take the initiative in identifying work related problems that need solving.
__ 5. I make decisions confidently and quickly when necessary.
__ 6. I make timely decisions based on adequate data and information.
__ 7. I consider alternatives and generate contingency plans when making decisions and solving problems.
__ 8. I come up with recommendations and suggestions, more than asking for answers.
__ 9. I take personal responsibility to resolve problems, even those not of my own making.
__ 10. I am a self-starter and am self-motivated.
__ 11. I seek increased authority to become more effective.
__ 12. I contribute positively to the leadership team.
__ 13. I am accountable for the results of my actions.
In a leadership meeting, you or a facilitator can guide a discussion of these key behaviors/skills, emphasizing areas with lower overall scores. Ask each leader to identify actions he or she will take to improve in one or two areas. Regular checking-in and coaching will help each leader move forward in these key areas and thus demonstrate leadership!