When was the last time you asked for feedback from colleagues?
Getting feedback is crucial to being an effective leader and it can be career limiting to not get the feedback we need. Often, however, we get feedback only from our manager and only at our annual performance review or when an issue surfaces.
The Leadership Circle Profile is a unique 360 that collects feedback on your leadership competencies and provides insight on the underlying assumptions that drive your strengths and limitations.
For example, how would you answer the following questions?
- When working at your best, what impact do others say you have?
- How much of your creative self do you:
- Currently claim?
- Push away?
- What is the “Big Assumption” that you know you must come to terms with and move beyond?
In the 360 process, you will get positive feedback, but it is important to pay attention if there is a theme developing for a particular competency you may need to develop or enhance.
Once you get effective feedback, you can explore your present leadership using the 3G process:
What are your gifts? What are the one or two strengths that make you excel in your career? Focusing on our sweet spot gives us more energy to tackle the challenging projects we need to focus on and to assist others in those areas. You may find over the years that the same strengths come up in different feedback exercises.
What are your gaps? This is the area we need to pay particular attention too, especially when the gap interferes in your present position. Sometimes it is something easy to work on and other times it may take working with a coach. To be effective, we need to look at the feedback patterns and ask – “Where is my opportunity?” A recent client shared with me feedback that her reports saw her as being more distracted than focused at meetings. We reviewed some attention management strategies and within three months she was receiving positive feedback in this area. Once we name our opportunity area, it is so much easier to make an impact and feel the difference.
The final part of the process is clarifying your Growth Edge. Growth edge is the one area you should focus on to make the biggest impact in your career now. This is where we look at those gaps and set a strategic growth goal coupled with a clear action plan.
Celebrate your gifts so you have the energy to be aware of your gaps and identify the key growth edge for development and impact!
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