Aren’t We All Emerging Leaders? Isn’t It a Lifelong Journey?

Last week, we launched Key Forum I where Key Persons from larger organizations joined with Leaders of organizations with less than 10 co-workers.  And in our first session, we processed what makes a great leader. Who is represented in Key Forum I?

Brent – modthink

Brian – Multi-Craft Contractors Inc.

Carlee – Illumination Station

Gabriel – Rocklline Industries

Patty – Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce

Sarah – Restore Humanity

Sharmila – Arkansas Power Electronics International

And while we categorize this group as emerging leaders, isn’t it true that we are all emerging leaders?  I know that I personally have so far to go to get to where I believe I am a completed leader.  And Jim Myers, at age 79, is always quick to inform us that he is always learning how to be a better leader and how better to manage an organization.

If you were to identify the five best leaders you have ever known and were to contact them and ask them about how they became a complete leader, we can almost guarantee that each would state with humility that they have a ways to go before they become a complete leader.

It is a life long journey and it is important that we refresh ourselves on what it takes to be a great leader.

In Key Forums I, we are using the below score card.  We recommend you consider performing the same self scoring exercise.  If you are a perfect leader, your score would be 50.  So the exercise is to measure yourself from zero to 10 in each of five categories.  Let’s see how you self score:


As defined by Jim Myers, founder of the CEO Forum

Self Scoring Exercise



____    The ability to bring the best out of others

____    The ability to create an environment that is open, trusting, non-political and as non-defensive as possible

____    Can attract, motivate and organize people to achieve goals

____    Delegates and holds people accountable

____    Delights in the success of others.

____    My Total Score

Please take a minute and self grade yourself on where you are today in each of the five items listed above on a 1 to 10 scale and total them.  50 is a perfect score.

Well, I scored in the upper 30′s.  For example, within our CEO Forums, I under perform in motivating people to attend every CEO Forum and to come on time and stay to the end.  I don’t delegate as well as I should within the CEO Forums nor do I hold people accountable to the extent that I should.  While I am so much better at creating an open, trusting, non-defensive and non-political environment, I am not perfect here and want to strive to do better here.  I am pleased that since the beginning of 2012, I have adopted the discipline, as encouraged by Ray Dalio, to never engage in the criticism of others unless they are present and that gives me new freedom from which to better lead.

One more interesting fact on leadership and servant leadership, we know that one of America’s most successful organizations, home to some of the brightest people working in the free market anywhere in the world, performs a great number of 360 degree assessments.  For you to become a managing director at this organization, you have to have as high of a percentage of favorably reviews from those that report to you as those for whom you work or report to.  This assures servant leadership at the top, wouldn’t you say?

It is a lifelong journey.  Enjoy the journey and remember that by raising the bar for what you believe represents great leadership keeps us humble, an important quality of every admired leader.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share this with you.

What are your thoughts?

4 thoughts on “Aren’t We All Emerging Leaders? Isn’t It a Lifelong Journey?”

  1. Tim: good challenge to think about how we are serving others. More importantly but extremely challenging, how we are fostering a servant culture. I think it is notable that are large organization would place that much weight on a 360 assessment in terms of promoting leaders throughout the ranks. This speaks to the fact that they are putting their money where their mouth is. Many organizations want to develop great leaders and do recognize the importance of promoting leaders not managers, to these ranks, but devoting money and business practices to it seems to be tough for many. Kudos to them. Thanks for sharing. Autumn Manning

  2. Tim, this is a great post, and I love the self-scoring exercise included. It’s a good reminder that we all have growing to do and can improve on how we help others succeed, or ELEVATE!

    Thank you.

  3. Bart Patterson says:

    Yes and Yes…..for the day we think we have arrived is the day we begin to fall back and if we remain curious the Journey never ends.

  4. Tim,
    That was a great first meeting. Exciting group of members. I’m ready for the next forum and what I can learn. Thank you for including me.
    Brent Robinson

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