Two key components of effective leadership are self-awareness and situational awareness. These two components are often overlooked by leaders and those who want to become leaders. Leadership is about behavior, and how that behavior impacts those being led determines the long term effectiveness of the leader.
Self-awareness speaks to who we are. Research has demonstrated that leaders are most effective when they are not trying to be someone else but rather more of who they really are. A widely used assessment to better understand who you are (self-awareness) is the Clifton StrengthFinder. This assessment is supported by over forty years of research by the Gallup Organization. Regardless of the instrument, the leader needs to invest time becoming more self-aware.
The second component is situational awareness. In other words, what is going on around me? If the leader is leading, but no one is following, then they are simply out for a walk. The question to ask when considering situational awareness is: "Who knows better the effectiveness of the leader than those being led?" An anonymous survey from those being led is the best way to gather actionable feedback by the leader for the purpose of his/her own leadership development and success.
PLG Leadership has the tools to address both self-awareness and situational awareness along with the expertise to coach individuals that improve leadership performance.