The Way of Leader: Intropections for Effective and Authentic Leadership

TalkShop Way of LeaderAs a leader, find time to quietly reflect and evaluate yourself by answering these questions on effective and authentic leadership:

A. On relationships

1. Do I make it my business to get to know my team members – their strengths, weaknesses, as well as personal stories that may impact their work?
2. Do I see them as people, not costs that need to be justified, not machines with no feelings, nor the means to achieve an end?
3. Am I approachable? Do I keep communication lines open? Do I listen?
4. Do my members make a good fit with the team in particular, and with the organization in general? Do they blend well with others and share the enthusiasm of work?

B. On becoming a role model

5. Is my team on track in achieving our objectives?
6. Do I communicate goals clearly? Do I mirror company values by modeling integrity and compassion?

C. The workplace

7. Do I make the workplace a second home for my team where they feel a sense of belonging?
8. Does my team look forward to coming to work? Are my employees almost always on time, rarely absent, and happy to be working with the company?
9. Is my team on the same page as far as information and knowledge are concerned?
10. Do I make the workplace conducive to work in terms of temperature, furnishings, equipment, lighting, and resources?

D. Atmosphere of growth

11. Do I allow my team to grow, knowing there are many ways of effectively carrying out work without imposing my will?
12. Do I build up my team? Do I praise and reward them for the good work?
13. Do I guide my team towards company goals by evaluating performance constructively and giving suggestions with tact?
14. Do I fight for them whenever I should?

E. Instilling discipline

15. Do I approach discipline as an opportunity to coach?
16. Do I criticize constructively to keep their self- esteem intact?
17. Do I inquire about their progress to determine who needs guidance?

F. Purpose

18. Am I a motivated leader? Does my commitment stem from a genuine willingness to help and guide people to grow?
19. Do I regard my team with respect and value the individuals for who they are?
20. Am I dedicated to being a leader 24/7, more so when the going gets rough?

The number of answers in the affirmative and how strongly you feel about each item reveal your strengths and opportunities for improvement in your journey towards effective and authentic leadership. Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO explains, “Leadership principles remain constant and timeless. A true leader operates with the heart, and is guided by laws and principles that affirm the worth and being of each worker. His good leadership is sensed in the dynamism and spirit of his team, and in the long run, in the values he instills in each member.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication, took up Bachelor of Arts in Literature, pursued Master's degrees in Entrepreneurship and Economics, and completed her Doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN


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