make everyone feel a bit safer, you can indicate a willingness to better understand a weakness and a sincere desire to improve. Try to discuss things in terms of specific behaviors you think might be problematic or could be changed as opposed to making the conversation a referendum on you as a person. Get feedback from people on what you’re thinking about in terms of plans to improve. Often in discussing their reactions to your action plan ideas, you will get more important and useful information about what the crux of the issue or strength is as they see it. While you’re trying to gain specific information for your current project, you’re also trying to get in the long-term habit of seeking feedback, which is something likely to be critical to your future success. Guidance for Worksheet Part II We will be looking for in-depth answers to the questions posed on this second Leadership 360 deliverable, and in order to do well on this (and to benefit from the project overall), you’re going to have to put significant time into this. Please read the questions carefully and answer them fully. You’ll see that each section of the worksheet has been labeled with how much it will count for your overall deliverable grade. 2
Your abilities and personality Your behavior Others’ impressions of you Outcomes Hiring, promotion Team selection Helping, conflict etc. Context Be sure what you submit is written professionally! We expect strong written communication skills, including proper spelling and grammar, effective sentence and paragraph structures and clear and logical organization of your arguments in each section. Please do edit and proofread . This is not just us being sticklers for the sake of it. Your potential as a leader – will hinge upon your being able to communicate clearly and professionally in writing and otherwise. People will make judgments about your overall competence based on your writing, and your writing will be one important means by which you can have influence over employees, colleagues, and supervisors. Up to 5% of your overall grade may be determined by the strength of your writing (including spelling, grammar, organization, clarity, etc.). The worksheet itself provides some useful guidance on how to answer the questions, but for some of the more challenging sections, we have also some additional instruction below: Make sure you cite specific data! Once you choose your targeted strength and weakness, you are going to want to look closer at and report related individual item statistics and other data. This will help you get to the essence of what’s going on. Oftentimes it’s one or two individual items (specific behaviors) that are really noteworthy. For example, you might have seen an overall low score in the category of Listening on the box charts, and when you look at the individual item statistics you find that the item regarding interrupting others was scored much lower than most of the others, particularly from your IP teammates. That gives you important information about the nature of this weakness.
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