What if you don't have a formal executive title, but still have high levels or a large scope of responsibilities? Are you then an executive?...very possibility, you are!
Here's an interesting point. There are folks who are executives but don't see themselves as one because their title may not reflect the typical perception and understanding of an executive. In fact many of those same folks see themselves as leaders, but not necessarily executives.
Why do I say this? Look at the basic definition of executive:
> And, some carry the assumption that having the title of executive and being an effective executive are synonymous - yet...they are not.
1. See yourself as an executive (no matter your official title) in replace of or in addition to seeing yourself as a leader). Seeing yourself a certain way will dictate what you expect of yourself and how you conduct yourself. It's called "self-concept".
2. Clearly define what effective means to you within your current responsibilities and expectations.
3. Determine what's currently missing that you'll need to change meet what you've determined is being effective.
4. Determine how you'll consistently gauge whether you're hitting the mark.
5. Seek regular input to quickly fill in your blindspots. Don't wait for formal 360 initiatives if your organization does those. You'll miss too many real-time opportunities to learn so you can quickly course correct...this is a key element of being effective.
6. Clearly demonstrate that meaningful action has been taken on any input you've received.
7. Make sure you consistently, voluntarily communicate results to all stakeholders in a timely way. Keep people in the know. This is also a way of aligning your performance perception to theirs while keeping your focus and staying on track. Being effective also includes managing the perception of those to whom you are accountable.
Resources You'll Want to Consider
1. Read The Effective Executive by the father of modern day management Peter Drucker. Several of my clients have given this book to their senior leadership team.
2. Read Results-Based Leadership - David Ulrich...and you're thinking what else is there?? You'd be surprised
3. Consider our jump-start coaching initiative. In the next few months, I'll be forming a 6-9 week coaching cycle based on both of these books. If you want to be notified when it's ready to be rolled out, just email me and put in the subject line: Interested in the Effective Executive Jump Start Group. Em: email@example.com
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