Leading and managing in academia have never been easy and with the changing rules and increasing global competition, it is safe to say that it is not going to get any easier.
Below are eight points that can be useful in reflecting on your leadership. Finding answers to these questions will give you a much more clear view of your role and will enable you to check for any areas that might need your attention.
1) Does your role provide any value?
2) Who is your focus? Are there clear, easy to find, easy to understand career development steps for your team?
3) Do you give clear instructions on what needs to be done? How are you asking your team to do the tasks? How involved are you in completing the tasks with your team?
4) What have you changed at work that made processes simpler and easier for your team?
5) How are you engaging your team? Have you gone beyond meetings, committees and staff away days?
6) What are the sticks and carrots for under and over performers? How are these assessed?
7) Do you have a roadmap that shows where the institution is heading, why and how to get there?
8) So your team has heard you, what next?