When you want to know how your leadership is working–ask. Years ago, I learned this lesson when I received some unsolicited advice that challenged my professionalism, served as a wakeup call, and changed the arc of my career. The counsel came from a subordinate as I was leaving an important leadership position but it would have come earlier if I had only asked.
I was very interested in my performance and development as a leader and often sought my boss’s input. I led an outstanding organization and he consistently praised our performance and my leadership. My formal evaluations were all exceptional but the counsel of a subordinate was more accurate, less kind and exactly what I needed to hear. My leadership shortcomings never surfaced with my boss because our organization was good enough to overcome them but they were obvious to those who worked for me.Read More›