One of the best ways to become a better leader is to view your organization in a new light. Here are 45 questions every leader should answer.
- What three things are holding us back?
- Is success making us complacent?
- What policies are outdated?
- Would I do business with us if I were a customer?
- What counts that we’re not counting?
- What can we learn from vibrant start-up companies?
- Are we winning the word-of-mouth battle?
- Why are great ideas collecting dust on our shelves?
- Why are we really losing great people?
- Do we read the reports that we request?
- Do people follow us out of fear or out of respect?
- What actions, today, will have the greatest impact in ten years?
- Do we walk our talk?
- What barriers should we remove for our people?
- Do we spend more time building up or tearing down?
- Are we doing our best?
- Are our performance rewards consistent with our goals?
- How are we advancing the values of our organization?
- Are we all focused on our top three priorities?
- Are we gaining trust, loyalty, and commitment?
- What’s the optimum way to deploy our resources?
- Are we proud of the way that we conduct business?
- Are we getting the real scoop or being placated?
- Do we learn from our mistakes?
- Are our customers likely to refer us to others?
- Do we make a positive difference in people’s lives?
- How are we underestimating the competition?
- Do we spend more time lighting fires or putting them out?
- Are we all on the same page?
- Do we bring out the best in our people?
- Is apathy their fault or our failing?
- What would we do differently if we started over today?
- Do we always discipline unethical behavior?
- How can we turn obedience into passion?
- Do we tolerate mediocre performance?
- Do we value relationships or take them for granted?
- What are the three biggest threats to our survival?
- Do we study problems or tackle them?
- What should we stop doing?
- Are we leading or just managing?
- Do we offer our people more than a paycheck?
- Are we challenging the status quo?
- How much time do we spend thinking versus doing?
- How much do we say, “We should have” when we truly could have?
- Is there a better way?
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