How Did You Stack Up as a Leader in 2013?

We are midway into December, which means that 2014 will soon be upon us.

A few weeks back, we gave you the dos and don’ts of employee surveys. One thing we mentioned was to “ask about yourself.”

As a refresher, here is what we said:

The majority of surveys you see ask a lot of questions concerning the employee’s performance. But rarely are there any that ask about the performance of higher-ups.

Level the playing field by asking questions about your own performance. You might get quite a few vague responses in the beginning, but if you continue to show that you genuinely want to be critiqued, employees should come around and give you the feedback you need.

Getting feedback from your employees is an essential part of improving your role as a leader. But sometimes, knowing what your employees think about you requires a little detective work. That’s why today, we’re going to talk about a few signs that show that your leadership might need some improving as we move into the new year.

Your employees talk behind your back.

You might’ve heard through the grape vine that John Smith has been saying some negative things about the way you’ve treated him. Even so, don’t think that you have to put on a face and accept it for what it is.

Taking on a leadership role doesn’t have to mean always being the tough guy or the punisher. If employees are saying negative things about you, then others will begin to follow, and ruining your reputation is the last thing you want as a leader. This may be the most obvious sign that your leadership needs improvement going into 2014.

You’ve exploded quite a few times this year.

As we mentioned yesterday, getting a little frustrated is okay. That said, a full-on outburst is not only going to put fear in your workplace, but make you look very unprofessional–which does nothing to help strengthen your leadership role. Try to make it a goal to tone it down as you move through next year.

“All lead and no work makes you a dull leader.”

This might sound a little strange, but despite what you may think, leaders actually have to do more than lead their team.

Pulling off those white gloves and getting into the thick of it with your employees shows that you’re willing to get your hands dirty, even as a higher up. Take for example Boston Market CEO George Michel, who we talked about in our post on how to help your employees fight holiday job fatigue.

As a leader, you need to take the initiative to improve yourself, because the higher up you get, the less likely it is that there will be someone telling you what needs to be done. Taking cues from your employees is a great way to gauge your performance and improve it, and the end of the year is as good of a time as ever to review your leadership skills.