Do you want to be an average leader or an exceptional leader?

I know, condescending question, right?

However, it’s not what you say, it’s what you do.

Everyone says they want to be an exceptional leader… but their habits prove otherwise.

If your beliefs and your behaviors don’t align… then one of them needs to change.

Either change what you believe or change the way you behave.

If you truly want to be an exceptional leader, you need to ask yourself these 6 questions every single day:

  1. Are my people getting better? How do I know? How am I assessing their development?
  2. Do I gather feedback and evaluate performance? Am I self-aware? Team-aware?
  3. Am I focused on the process or the outcome? Am I focused on consistent improvement or just on the bottom line?
  4. Am I developing quality, meaningful relationships with my people? Do we just talk work or do we talk about life?
  5. What have I done recently to work on my craft? How much time do I put into my own professional development?
  6. Am I having fun? Or am I feeling burned out?

Being an exceptional leader requires honestly answering these questions and consistently recalibrating.

After all, the key to success is to do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.