Many of us wait until we’re sick to see a doctor. However, preventive medical assessments have been shown to improve health, save lives, and reduce medical costs. Prevention can be beneficial to leadership assessments, too. Often people are asked to see a coach or participate in a 360 when troubles surface. Yet, time and money (not to mention headaches) could be saved if leaders underwent thorough assessments before problems arose. Ask the people around you for feedback about what’s working and what’s not. Be sure you understand their expectations and where you may not be meeting them, or are unnecessarily exceeding them. Having a thorough understanding of where you are as a leader gives you a greater sense of control and power to shape your future.