Seek. Feedback. Regularly. Leaders crosscheck, gut-check, and reflect. Reflect every night (ten minutes), every week (one hour), every month (half day), and every year (full weekend). Ask yourself, “What’s working and why? What needs to be changed and how?” Regular reflection is a powerful feedback tool; so is asking others for their thoughts. Use a 360-degree feedback survey to collect diverse perspectives. But be careful: the higher you climb in an organization, the less likely you’ll get honest responses. So when do you find truth-tellers, keep them close.
“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
- Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur and motivational speaker