Intentions can skew our perception of reality. How we intend to lead and how we actually lead can be like night and day. Then, of course, there’s the whole issue of other’s perception of us.
I have found that people’s perception of their leader is often closer to reality than the leaders personal intentions.
The people you lead are not concerned, necessarily, with your intentions. They have to deal with your actual behavior.
Get clued in. Have an objective third-party executive coach interview your colleagues and the professionals who work for you. If you’re lucky, you’ll learn a few clues on how to increase your effectiveness.