Robert S. Kaplan, coauthor of The Balanced Scorecard says that leaders should regularly ask themselves questions that target seven areas. Kaplan says that there are no “right” answers; and that some of these questions will resonate more than others. He is quite sure that you can continuously improve your performance -- and preempt serious business problems -- by stepping back and taking the time to interview yourself. (“What to Ask the Person in the Mirror,” Harvard Business Review, December 2006).
According to Kaplan you should examine yourself in seven areas:
- Vision and Priorities
- Managing Time
- Succession Planning
- Evaluation and Alignment
- Leading Under Pressure
- Staying True to Yourself
BOTTOMLINE: "When is the last time you had a leadership checkup? You probably change the oil in your car every three months to keep it running smoothly. Take some time to keep your career on track and running smoothly by taking a hard look in the leadership mirror every six months."
(Hat tip to Bud! Check him out here.)