So you want to become a better leader but you don't have access to an internal Leadership Development Program and you don't have the time or budget to utilise external programs or coaching? Here are some simple steps that you can take to achieve similar outcomes in a short period of time and for no cost. 1. Self assess - undertake a self assessment of your leadership strengths and weaknesses. Make a list of your top five to seven leadership strengths and list the three to five leadership aspects in which you need to improve. Be brutally honest with yourself - this is where performance improvement really begins.
2. Seek feedback - ask your team members, manager and any other people whose opinion you value for feedback about your leadership strengths and development areas. The feedback can be provided in which ever way suits you, them and your organisation's culture - face to face, via email or anonymously if needed (however knowing who provided what feedback is preferable so that you can follow up to clarify any specific queries that you have).
3. Analyse and summarise the feedback - read and/or listen to each piece of feedback and try to take it in without judging or defending. Look for common themes across your self assessment and the feedback as well as one off points or issues which really resonate with you. Now make a list of your top strengths and development areas - it will likely be similar to your initial self assessment but should differ somewhat based upon feedback from others which triggered insights for you about your effectiveness as a leader.