Part of growing up as a leader is evaluating where you're at - how you're performing - to determine what you need to work on in order to improve. It's pretty easy to look in the mirror and think about what your strengths and weaknesses are, but I'm beginning to realize exactly how valuable it can be to get someone else's perspective. In fact, the more opinions you can tap, the better. The Army has a system that allows for providing anonymous evaluation and feedback from superiors, peers, and subordinates. We call it Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback ("360 degree assessment") and it's available for Army folks at msaf.army.mil. Completing a 360 degree assessment is part of the curriculum requirement for ILE and I just got my results. In addition to a self-evaluation, survey/feedback forms are sent out to a handful of folks you've worked with in the past and they are encouraged to give honest (and anonymous) feedback. I just got the results back from mine.
I'm still mulling the results, but the most interesting (and useful) thing I've found is that I'm not communicating with my folks as well as I'd thought. There are other things I need to work on, but getting feedback to my folks is REALLY important and something I need to improve.
As I dig through this evaluation some more and talk to some folks about what it means, I'll report back with my plan for improvement. In the meantime, somebody want to point me in the right direction?