“Love is the ultimate motivation of the Extreme Leader: love of something or someone, love of a cause, love of a principal, love of the people you work with and the customers you serve, love of the future you and yours can create together, love of the business you conduct together every day.” – From The Radical Leap
How would you rate your own ability to Cultivate Love in the way you lead and work? Almost by definition, your self-assessment will be biased, but it’s a great way to begin to hold up a mirror and reflect on where you excel, and where you may need some work.
So…consider the following 8 statements, and then rate yourself on a scale of 1 – 5:
1 = Strongly Disagree; 2 = Disagree; 3 = Neither Agree nor Disagree; 4 = Agree; 5 = Strongly Agree
- I consistently demonstrate I am doing the work I love.
- I am passionate about the work and the people I lead.
- I am highly motivated by the work and the people who support this work.
- Through my actions and words, I inspire others to love the organization, the team, and the work.
- I help people see how they can do something significant and meaningful.
- I spend time to help others develop as leaders.
- I show a genuine caring and interest in employees and customers.
- I form teams of individuals who share the love for the work, the team, the organization and the organization’s customers.
Now, total up your scores (that will give you a range of 8 on the lowest end to 40 on the highest) and, for now, just begin to consider what leadership lessons the individual and combined numbers may hold for you.
Does anything – either positive or negative – jump out at you?
[Note: this assessment is excerpted from the full Leap Assessment available in the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, which will officially launch the second week of October]