In some way, everyone is a leader. You may be leading a district, school, classroom, or an area, but you are leading. How are you leading? How do you know? What is your impact? These are all questions leaders face during reflection.
Understanding how you impact others can be challenging. You can’t go up and ask people, ‘how am I doing as your leader?’ and you can’t go by how you ‘feel you are doing.’ You could send out an anonymous survey and let people weigh (hoping of course that everyone takes it and everyone is honest). You could use the measurement of your organization such as test results, quality of work, absenteeism, or discipline referrals. There are countless ways to measure, but it all comes down to YOU.
Here are some questions to consider as you reflect as a leader?
- Do you have core values and does everyone know them?
- Do you hold yourself accountable?
- Are you willing to acknowledge your mistakes?
- Can you be honest with your staff, classroom, area or district?
- Are you approachable?
This is a great time of year to reflect on the impact of your leadership. The most important tool you can use is a mirror.