John Maxwell shares an informative leadership article related on how to influence team members who report to you. He uses the analogy of a health checkup:
Well, today I want to touch on the concept of leading your followers, but instead of teaching you what to do, I want to help you examine what you’re already doing. I’m calling it The Leadership Checkup, and it’s for anyone who leads a team. No matter how big your team is, it’s beneficial for you as a leader to take some time and assess how well you’re leading those that follow you. That’s why I have three simple tests to help you gauge the health of your leadership and point you towards opportunities for greater health. And don’t worry – unlike your annual physical, this won’t take long at all.
1. Check the Temperature — If you want to find out where you are as a leader, then take the temperature of your team. Ask yourself these questions:
* Are people avoiding me in the office?
* Is there increased conflict among the team?
* Are people leaving or disengaging?
If you answer any question as “YES”, it’s time to get out of your world and into theirs in order to get to know the people on your team better and build relationships. T
2. Step on the Scales — From time to time, if you want to assess your weight as a leader, ask yourself the following questions about your team:
* Do people come to me with problems and solutions?
* Do people show initiative and engagement?
* Do people produce at their highest level because of my confidence and encouragement?
If you can’t answer affirmatively to most of those questions, chances are your leadership is lightweight where it really matters. Seeing the best in people and believing the best of people is the surest way to get the best from people.
3. Take a Stress Test — As a leader, you need to perform a stress test from time to time to make sure the heart of your team is healthy. This means assessing the intangibles of good leadership, those aspects that relate to mission and vision. You should ask yourself the following questions:
* Are people operating in their strength zones?
* Do people show that they understand and embrace the vision of the organization?
* Are people doing work they feel matters?
When your people are working with their heart and soul, your team is able to not only do more, they will do it better. The healthier the heart of a team, the more you can push that team to go farther, faster, and higher.