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- What policies are outdated?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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Yatin Khulbe says
These are really important points for every leader. Leadership requires a lot of self and team effort. It’s not a single man game. Leaders value everyone’s opinion. They do not analyze things in terms of inferior or inferior.
They always realize the power of sharing. They keep aside all the egoistic attitudes and welcome thoughts from everyone. Every business motive is to make a profit. But, great leaders think about their employees also. They always aim for a better environment for all the staff.
They build a team of loyal people who have faith in their leader. Thanks Frank for sharing these lovely questions.
Frank Sonnenberg says
Thanks Yatin. I agree with your thoughts.
I believe that true leaders don’t pull rank or control employees to attain results. Instead, they’re effective because they’re knowledgeable, admired, trusted, and respected. This helps them secure buy-in, without onerous rules or strong oversight designed to force compliance.
jeffrey shepherd says
Thank you for revealing that message to help others to improve their lives and thanks again for being a friend who cares. I understand now that you must have a team to help build links for knowledge. Thank you so much.
Frank Sonnenberg says
Thanks for your kind words and for taking the time to write. We try to cover issues that our readers face every day. I’m glad this post struck a chord with you.
Have an awesome day!
Marcia Daszko says
Great questions! Leaders struggle with many problems, sometimes for years. These questions will help them think different, look at root causes, and seek new knowledge. If they begin with their Compelling Purpose (and it’s Not to make money!) and build trust and care for their staff, it’s one step toward progress.
Author: PIVOT DISRUPT TRANSFORM
Frank Sonnenberg says
I agree Marcia.
As in football, if you focus on the fundamentals—blocking and tackling—you don’t have to worry about the score. The bottom line …If you do the right things the business will follow.
Thanks for taking the time to write.