Sunday, December 31, 2006

Are You A Great Web Leader?

As we end one year and begin another, it's a good time to take stock of our achievements and goals for the future. So, Web Manager, how do you stack up as a leader? Are there things you could do to improve? Your leadership skills are critical to the success of your web organization. Here's a little self-assessment to help you think about what you do well...and what you might do better.

1. I am passionate about what I do, and I inspire passion in others because of my enthusiasm.

2. I am courageous, and I use my courage to take risks to make sure my web organization does the right thing for the American people.

3. My web team members know what I want to achieve and what I want them to do because I communicate with them effectively and routinely.

4. I listen to my team members and take what they say into consideration as I make decisions.

5. Even when things aren’t going my way, I make every effort to stay optimistic for the benefit of others.

6. I make time to think about the future – about where I want to lead my organization.

7. I read articles, go to training and meetings, participate in interagency discussions, and look for other opportunities to learn more about web content management so that I can be as knowledgeable as possible.

8. I take time to read agency management reports, plans, and other documents; to watch TV when agency leaders are scheduled to appear; and do research on the web to find out what agency executives and top managers are thinking and doing. I have a good understanding of the problems, issues, and priorities of the executives in my agency.

9. I look for opportunities to meet with executives and top managers in my agency; and when I do meet with them, I speak up and try to offer web related options that could help them achieve their goals and solve their problems.

10. Whenever something good happens, I look for ways to share it. I recognize the accomplishments of others, thank people who helped make good things happen, and spread the good news because I know that success begets success.

Were you able to answer "yes" to each question? If so, hurrah! If not, maybe it's time for a New Year's resolution. There's a big year ahead...lots to do to get ready for a new administration in 2009. Exciting times. Happy New Year!

Related links: Make Time to Lead
10 Tips for the Successful Web Manager