Asking great questions of others gives you greater insight into how you can more effectively lead others. Asking great questions of yourself gives you greater insight into how you can more effectively lead yourself. With that in mind, here are 3 questions that if you ask them of yourself and act on them today, you are sure to be a better leader tomorrow.
1. What do you need to stop doing?
What are the tasks and activities you find yourself engaging in that are wasting your time, draining your energy, and keeping you from the things that are most important? What one thing if you stopped doing it would free you to do more of what you are an expert at? Howard Hendricks said it best, "The secret to concentration is elimination." In an effort to provide the maximum value to your organization, what do you need to stop doing?
2. What do you need to continue doing?
What are the tasks and activities you find yourself engaging in that are adding value, invigorating you, and moving the mission of your organization forward? What one thing if you kept doing it would keep the organization moving in the right direction? John C, Maxwell said it best, "Momentum is easier to steer than it is to start." In an effort to keep the momentum going, what do you need to continue doing?
3. What conversation do you need to have?
It is very likely that your organization is just one conversation away from making tremendous progress. Who is having a negative impact on your team, and a conversation must be had to correct and hold them accountable for their behavior? Who is having a positive impact on your team, and a conversation must be had to encourage and appreciate their behavior? Which one person in your organization would benefit most from a personal conversation? King Solomon said it best, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in baskets of silver." In an effort to get the most out of those you lead, what conversation do you need to have?
Those these questions may be simple, answering them and taking action on your answers can be the catalyst for the progress you desire to see!
What are other questions a leader can ask themselves to make progress in their leadership? Please leave your comments below, I'd really like to know.