Good leaders take stock in their leadership skills and habits. The following questions can guide you in conducting a personal leadership audit.

How do you see yourself as a leader?

q Do you see yourself as always being a leader?

q What aspects of leadership most interest you?

q How do you approach new leadership situations?

q Whatisyourleadershipstyle(authoritarian,democratic,laissez-faire)?

q How do you assess your leadership performance?

Where and how did you gain your knowledge of leadership?

q Whatareyourmethodsandstrategiesforlearningaboutleadership? q Who has had the most influence on your leadership?

q What leaders do you most admire?

What skills do you have?

q What are your leadership strengths and weaknesses?

q How do you make leadership decisions?

q What leadership strategies do you use?

q What do your bosses or peers say about you as a leader?

Are there specific principles that guide you as a leader?

q What are your core values and beliefs?

q What are your leadership qualities and characteristics?

In their book, The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes and Posner suggest a way to review your past leadership experiences by choosing one experience that you consider a “personal best”– a time when you believe you performed at your peak as a leader.

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