There are a number of things that determine whether an individual who has been given a leadership position is doing a good job or making a mess of him or herself. However, none of these people ever entered into leadership just to disgrace or create a bad name for one but due to certain conditions which were not properly handled earlier and properly enough, that is why they do end up with a bad tag. The desire and wish of every individual who takes up a leadership role has always and will always be to make a very positive impact in the lives of each and every individual that he or she had the privilege of leading and to also ensure that his or her legacy leaves on for all the good reasons. This is a very achievable thing when the right things are put in place but when things are left unchecked for some time, the worst can happen and to repair such a damage is more than leading a separate group from the beginning towards achieving a new set of objectives.
This is why as an individual who has taken up the leadership mantle of a group of people or an organization, you need to know certain things that will help you determine for yourself whether you are doing a good job as a leader or you are just making enemies for yourself. The following paragraphs will enlighten you more on those essential determinants.
When workers or members of the group simply comply with everything that you say: This is one of the ways of determining how you are faring as a leader of a group of people. Followers have a way of making a leader think that he or she really has a place in their hearts by simply complying with everything that they are told to do without showing any sign of dissatisfaction. This is the most misleading feature in every organization or group which can make the career of a leader nose-dive and plummet to his or her failure. Leaders who identify such a character in their followers and decides to just let it be as it is mainly because they are getting the job done are only helping to dig their fast forward their own downfall. The mere fact that your members within the organization are complying with all the instructions that they are given to work with does not determine that they are happy with how they are being led or treated. Compliance may occur in workers due to a number of unique reasons like the situation where there is no other alternative for workers or the fear of being branded by the leader. In such situations the members are only willing to work because of the fear of what might happen to them should they fail to comply with what they have been instructed to do.
When members or workers show commitment to the performance of the task at hand: This is also a way through which a leader can determine how he or she is performing in his or her capacity as the lead orchestrator of the group. When people show a higher level of commitment towards the performance of every task that they are expected to do, then a leader can confidently say that he or she is doing the right thing. Committed workers are those who are willing to undertake tasks and initiatives in the interest of the whole group without even being told. They are always in good spirits and will do anything just to prove to their leader that they really do love what they are doing. The moment this kind of situation is displayed by your members is the exact moment that you can be proud of yourself and the work that you are doing with those who are following your lead.
Commitment and compliance at the workplace or in any organization are the two main determining factors through which a leader can rate his or her performance in order to ascertain whether he or she is really following in the footsteps of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus or Mohammed.
When people comply, they are only interested in getting the job done without bothering about how well it is done but when people are committed, they show concern about the whole process of getting the job done and also do well to ensure that it is done well.
About the author: Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation. I have been working with large-scale organization change as an internal and external consultant. This work has included e-commerce ventures, new organization designs and startups, and joint ventures and alliances in international and global settings. My background can best be described as eclectic. This diverse experience provides a rich context in my engagements as a consultant, executive coach, and speaker.