a leadership report card

Posted on Monday.1.25.2010


On a Harvard Business Review blog, I found a leadership report for the nation’s most important leader, President Obama. Norm Smallwood lays out five rules that any leader can be measured on to assess a leader’s effectiveness. The five rules are a part of his co-authored book called The Leadership Code, here they are:

  1. Rule 1: Be a Strategist and Shape the Future.
  2. Rule 2: Be an Executor and Make Things Happen.
  3. Rule 3: Be a Talent Manager: Engage Today’s Talent.
  4. Rule 4: Be a Human Capital Developer: Build the Next Generation.
  5. Rule 5: Be Personally Proficient: Invest in Yourself.

Action Steps:

  • Ask people who know you and your work style well to assess in you these five areas. I like numbers ie. 1 to 5.
  • Average the scores of others to determine your scores.
  • Ask a mentor or coach to go over your scores with you and help determine how you can improve and what is going really well. Ask them to be specific.

In case you wanted to see Smallwood’s Obama report card.

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