Everyone likes to think of themselves as a good boss, but leading a team can have its challenges. Try this test to measure your manager, or if you dare to quantify your own leadership qualities.
Read the following questions and give yourself a score out of 5 for each of them- 1 being low and 5 being high.
As a boss:
Do you spend at least an hour one to one, each week, with every team member?
How much do you trust your team to act upon your instructions?
To what extent can every member of your team articulate your vision?
Do you have an ambition for each member of your team’s careers?
Does your team know your opinion on business issues?
Do you publicly set unambiguous, achievable weekly goals for the team?
If you are a leader and gave yourself a score of 4 or 5 for all of the above, you might just be deluded! Be honest with yourself, as self-awareness and humility are some of the most important qualities in a leader. Try the test again and be realistic. An overall score of over 15 suggests you are on the same level as most managers, above 20 and you are an elite performer.
These are tough standards for a manager to achieve, but don’t be disheartened if your score is low. Take time to plan in how you can reach these goals with your team in the weeks ahead, with the intention of raising your score by one or two points a week. After working on it for a couple of months you may well surprise yourself and earn the title ‘good boss’!