Leadership checklist

Are you a manager or a leader?

At Ling Phipp we can advise business owners in the Nottingham area on many aspects of running and growing a business. The following checklist will help you assess your leadership skills...

It is sometimes said that many people may become managers but few have what it takes to become a leader.

What is the difference?

Management is about implementing, administering, and planning within predictable, controllable parameters.

Leadership is about looking beyond the predictable, identifying hidden opportunities (and dangers) - and inspiring people to reach out and meet them.

The last point is perhaps the most important. It is one thing to have vision; it is something else to persuade others to share it.

How do you score?

Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Answer the questions below to find out:

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Leadership checklist True False
When challenges arise, I try to look at situations from at least two perspectives, one of which is fresh and quite different from our normal ways of solving things    
I regard threats as opportunities and always look for ways to turn weaknesses into strengths    
I am prepared to take calculated risks    
I encourage innovation and continuous improvement    
I spend more time listening than I do talking    
I turn words into actions and lead by example    
I never expect my staff to do something I would not be willing to do myself    
I use delegation to empower others, not just to offload tasks I don't want to do    
When I ask someone to do something I try to ensure they understand the purpose of doing it    
I reward people according to results    
I encourage an atmosphere of collaboration and trust rather than competitiveness and distrust among my staff    
I constantly create opportunities for my staff to develop their skills and broaden their experience    

Check your score

How many questions did you answer with True?

10 -12 - Great leadership material - you probably do not need telling what to do about it!

8 - 10 - Very promising, but take the time to think about how you could improve your people skills, and don't lose sight of your vision.

Less than 8 - Don't give up, you can still make it. Leaders are not born, they are made!

If you are in the Nottingham area and are looking for support and advice from a team of professional accountants and business advisers, contact Ling Phipp.

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About us

Ling Phipp was founded in 1974 and nowadays has two partners, five managers plus trainees and support staff.

We serve clients in the East Midlands and all over the UK. Our out-of-town location, with easy parking, close to the M1 junction 25 (Nottingham/Derby - A52), is very convenient.

Company details

0115 949 6838

Ling Phipp, Cliffe Hill House, 22-26 Nottingham Road, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8AA


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