As you look to 2020, consider the perpetual challenge for all leaders working in an EOS organization – Do you want to be a GREAT leader?
Remember the statements I shared in the 90 Minute Meeting about the assumptions we make about leaders? The two assumptions we make about leaders in EOS are:
- You genuinely care about your people
- You want to be a GREAT leader
If either of these are no, then likely the organization needs you to look for another seat.
Are you pushing yourself to be a GREAT leader? Prove it – give me two things you are doing outside of working in the business to become a more effective leader.
The good news is, in EOS we have something called LMA, which stands for Leadership + Management = Accountability. In addition, we give you checklists for both leadership and management (pp. 20 – 21 in the Toolbox tab of your orange binder) and a measuring system of yes or no (with feedback from your people). I can almost guarantee if you have some open and honest conversations, one of these will be a No and give you something to work on.
We also have the Back to the Basics checklist (p. 33 in the Toolbox tab of your orange binder) that helps you analyze why your Rock % is low, why your team is missing key metrics, or why you just feel a little out of control or unbalanced in your work/home life. The answers to these questions actually translate into key skills you might need to acquire with some outside training. (Call me if you want to talk through this.)
As you head into 2020, take some time to reflect on whether you put the necessary effort in to being a great leader in 2019? If not, take a look at both of these checklists and identify a couple of focus areas for 2020. We will do some of this work in an upcoming annual with the Team Health/1 Thing exercise, but why wait?
As always, how can I help?
(Top tip: If you are looking to do some leadership development with your managers, look no further than these lists!)
Book studies are also a great way to learn; here are 6 simple books that will provide input to help you become a GREAT leader:
- Strengthsfinder 2.0
- How To Be A Great Boss
- Crucial Conversations
- Radical Candor (including the podcasts)
- Leadership and Self-Deception
- One Minute Manager Series (One Minute Manager, One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey, Self-Leadership and the One-Minute Manager) *all work for different lessons – call me to talk them through
Working on listening at the heart of being a great leader?
Here are some blog posts + TED talks to help: