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Leadership Checklist

Leadership Checklist

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I created a Leadership Checklist to distill and share practices for effective leadership.

I created this checklist a little bit differently to try something out.  I used a “user story” approach and I wrote each checklist item as a mini-story you can use for self-reflection.  In a way, they can act as unit tests for leadership.  Here are some examples:

  • As a leader, I surround myself with people that balance my weaknesses and amplify my strengths.
  • As a leader, I focus on leading myself first before I take on leading others (self-leadership, team leadership, organizational leadership, etc.)
  • As a leader, I ask solution-focused questions, such as “How might we solve that?”

It’s a work in progress, but so far the feedback has been positive.  Feel free to share your favorite leadership practice as a one-liner reminder in the comments on the leadership checklist page.