We know that on average 3 out of 10 volunteers quit each year. That alone can be an up-hill battle, but when you start losing your high-capacity volunteers, they leave a big hole to fill. What if we said there might be some simple changes to make in order to keep those high-capacity volunteers? Our friend, Carey Nieuwhof recently shared 5 reasons he has seen that cause high-capacity volunteer to quit. Reflect on these points and your own leadership style and you might be on a path to retaining your best volunteers yet.
One of the most difficult aspects of leadership is to know how you’re doing as a leader.
Add a little insecurity into the mix, and it makes things even more complex.
Naturally, you’ll get feedback from your peers and probably get an occasional 360 review (both great practices).
But beyond that, how can you tell how you’re doing as a leader?
There’s a way to check that’s much simpler than you might think. By asking yourself five simple questions, you can not only get an accurate gauge of how you’re doing, but also where you need to improve.
Why This Matters (Leadership and Self-Delusion)
I find a lot of leaders are not clear on how well they’re leading.
This falls into two categories:
Leaders who overestimate how well they’re doing.
Leaders who underestimate how well they’re doing.
Both are problematic for different reasons.
If you think you’re doing better than you are, you’re the last person to realize you need to improve.
And if you think you’re not doing as well as you actually are, then you likely have potential you have not yet tapped into.
So getting a reasonably accurate check in on the quality of your leadership is critical to help you lead with all diligence.
5 Easy Ways to Check Your Leadership Effectiveness
The following questions form five quick shoulder checks you can do.
As with all self-assessment, there are limits on how accurate it will be. But my guess is as you work through these questions in the next few minutes you’ll know a lot more about your leadership than you might predict.
So, to gauge your leadership, as honestly as you can, answer these 5 questions:
1. Is Anyone Following You?
One of the best ways to tell whether you’re a leader is simply this: Look over your should to see if anyone’s following.
If no one’s following (or only a few are), you’re really not leading.
It doesn’t matter how many leadership books How can you tell if you're a leader? Look over your shoulder to see if anyone's following.you read, how many webinars you do or how grandiose your vision might be, a leader without followers is not actually a leader.
While we all get touchy about this in leadership, the reality is leaders lead people. (This post explains why some leaders have a higher number of followers than others.)
So who is following you? Be honest.