Self-Evaluation in Leadership


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Self-leadership is a critical component for all leaders. True leadership greatness in the Kingdom of God is a journey towards humility. This requires some key disciplines to know how we are doing on the journey and where we can make progress. This requires self-evaluation. Reggie McNeal suggests three categories under the realm of self-leadership: self-awareness, self-management, and self-development.

Under the topic of self-awareness I recently ran across some great evaluative questions that we can ask ourselves. These come by way of Harry Kraemer, a faculty member at the Kellogg School of Management. My desire is to put these to use on a regular basis.

  1. What did I say I was going to do today, and what did I actually do?
  2. If what I did was different than what I planned, what were the reasons?
  3. What went well, and what did not?
  4. How did I treat people?
  5. Am I proud of the way I lived this day?
  6. If I had the day to live over again, what would I do differently?
  7. What did I learn today that will have an impact on how I live the next day, the next week, and going forward?
I hope this type of worthy reflection will lead you toward a more effective and profound leadership.
3 replies
  1. garunn
    garunn says:

    Thanks Jeremy for the comment. I think what I am learning is two things-most leaders let their day and the urgent drive them (including me)-and second, that leaders rarely evaluate their day and learn from it (including me)-so I am trying to get better. I am decent at book learning-need to get better at learning by monitoring my own experience.


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