My clients tell me that they partner with me because I am a ltechnology leader, particularly in how technology can improve operations for first responders (police, fire, paramedics/EMS), emergency managers, and security professionals. Each client is also a technology leader and their reputations in their fields are consistent with mine.
I have struggled to defining how we got this reputation – where each of us is considered a technology leader. It certainly seems to fit but putting my finger on what it was that we were doing was hard.
I just found a list of traits that we (my clients and I) share and it was kind of spooky how well things aligned.
Run through this checklist and perhaps ask your peers, direct reports, and boss where they think you are. The list comes from Michael Hyatt’s blog where he pushed it out as part of his This Is Your Life podcast (episode 12). Check this list out and think about where you, your leaders, and your partners stand:
- You long to make a difference.
- You’re dissatisfied with the status quo.
- You’re not waiting on a bigger staff or more resources to accomplish your vision.
- Your dreams are so big, they seem impossible.
- You acknowledge what is but inevitably ask what could be.
- You realize you don’t have to be in charge to have significant influence.
- You refuse to blame others for your circumstances, and you take responsibility for finding solutions.
- You foster unity by bringing people together and encouraging dialogue.
- You’re quick to say, “I messed up. Here’s what I’m going to do to fix the problem I’ve created.”
- You value relationships more than tasks.
- You walk your talk, not perfectly but sincerely and intentionally.
- You’re a learner.
Michael is a known leader and I know him personally so this list hit directly. I’m happy to say that I scored well and learned a lot from Michael’s definition of being a leader. I highly recommend that you listen to the podcast.
If you score near a 12/12 you’re extremely well positioned as a technology leader. You’re ready to make a difference – a huge difference.
If you’re low on the score perhaps you need to step out of your comfort zone some more (nothing magical happens in that zone BTW) and grow into the technology leader that is needed by your organization.
I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts below.