How to Cultivate Self-Awareness
- Just Ask: Humility and the New Leader, by Don Jacobson
Tips for overcoming some of the insecurities that plague many new supervisors.
- The Failures of Leaders, by Ray Blunt
Discusses some of the causes of derailment.
- 9 Ways to Get Over Your Feedback Fears, by Joseph Folkman
Superb article from FastCompany about receiving feedback.
- Ongoing Feedback: How to Get It, How to Use It
Executive Summary of the booklet from the Center for Creative Leadership.
- Kolb Learning Style Inventory
- Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Conflict Mode Instrument
- The Courageous Follower Self-Assessment
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Must be administered by a certified practitioner)
This easy-to-use booklet by the Center for Creative Leadership is the perfect tool for managers who want to get feedback from their subordinates and peers but don't know where to start. Provides excellent and actionable advice on who, when and how to ask for feedback. Includes tips on helping the other person deliver the feedback in a constuctive way. Most importantly, it includes some insightful do's and don't that will help you receive the feedback in a way that will not discourage the feedback-giver from giving you feedback again in the future. Read More...
Fear Your StrengthsWhile it is important to know your strengths and to cultivate and use them, there is a real risk of overusing them at the managerial and executive level. Kaplan and Kaiser assert that many executives develop blind spots for--and may even disregard--competencies that do not play to their strengths. For example, a manager who has a gift for strategy may neglect operational considerations and vice-versa. This is an extremely useful and practical book that can help you maintain balance in your approach to leadership. Read More...
Strengthsfinder 2.0This book is an amazing tool for identifying your talents and learning how to develop them into true strengths. It comes with a code you can use to take the Clifton Strengthsfinder online assessment tool. This Strengthsfinder report provides a customized description of each of your top five talent themes and--more importantly--makes numerous specific suggestions for cultivating them. Read More...
The Power of Feedback: 35 Principles for Turning Feedback from Others into Personal and Professional ChangeExcellent follow-up to Folkman's book The Extraordinary Leader (which he co-authored with Jack Zenger). In this book, Folkman talks about some of the pitfalls inherent in not acting on feedback and explores some of the reasons we often don't act on the feedback we receive. He also suggests ways to improve our ability to accept feedback and actually change our behaviors. Highly recommended for anyone who cares about how they are perceived by others. Click here to read a PDF of Chapter 1. Read More...