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How to find out if you are leading effectively

Have you ever wondered: “Hey…am I actually an effective leader?”

Well, the best way to get an answer to that question is to get some honest feedback.

You could ask your team to share their perspective on your strengths and weaknesses.

That is often very helpful.

But if you want to get more robust feedback, I suggest you participate in a 360 Degree Assessment process. What is a 360 Degree Assessment?  Well, it is a tool that provides you with confidential feedback from four perspectives: yourself, your manager, your peers and your direct reports.

Doing a 360 Assessment will give you:

  • Insights into your personal leadership style – what’s working and what’s not working
  • A lens into how others see you – their perspective on your areas of effectiveness and your areas for improvement
  • The gaps you need to close

The truth is that every leadership style has strengths and weaknesses, so there is nothing to fear. For example, if you tend to be a “take-charge” leader, others may not see you as approachable.  Or if you tend to be seen as promoting disciplined analysis, others may not see you as engaging or enthusiastic.

It’s very important to understand these perceptions so that you can work on developing your leadership effectiveness over the years.  It’s a gradual process.

Warning! If you decided to receive some 360 Degree feedback, make sure that you use a reputable tool. Some tools are not productive and leave participants feeling discouraged.

I’d be happy to share my favorite 360 Degree Assessment tool with you if you are interested.

It will leave you feeling inspired, focused and productive!





Vanessa Judelman

Vanessa Judelman is an author, coach, and sought-after leadership expert. Over the past 20 years, she has created a proven formula to develop results-oriented leaders who feel empowered and confident in their job. Vanessa is the author of Mastering Leadership: What It Takes to Lead in Today’s Fast-Paced World. Order your copy here.

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