Great Leaders are very far and few, the title ‘leader’ is not expected, nor does it come with a title or pay grade.
A Great Leader is someone who;
Great Leaders ask questions, they not only ask others questions but they also ask themselves questions – they are self-aware and focus their questions four important objectives;
1: Becoming the best person and leader that they can be.
2: Championing purpose, mission and the vision of their business.
3: Helping talent become the best people and leaders that they can be.
4: Guiding their team to carry out the purpose, mission, and vision of their business in excellence.
So what kind of questions do great leaders ask themselves on a daily basis? We are going to break down 7 of the key questions below.
01: How Do I Define Leadership, What Does Leadership Mean to Me?
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams
The most important question to ask is number one. How are you meant to become a leader if you are unsure of what a leader is? What does leadership mean to you? If leadership means having people fear your authority or tremble when you walk into a room, you may be on the wrong track. If leadership means building a team around you who are inspired, motivated and happy every day.. you are on to something.
Ask yourself this question, break down your ‘Why’ as a leader and the rest should flow..
02: Why Should People Be Led by Me?
“A Leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way” – John C. Maxwell
This is also a very, very important question. What leadership characteristics do you have that will allow people to be led by you rather than simply have them accept you as their boss and dutifully follow your instructions because you pay their wage..?
What right do you have to hold the title?
03: Am I Doing the Right Thing, and for the Right Reason?
“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion” – Alexander The Great
It is easy to let office politics or strong personalities sway decisions and get the better of management, so it is crucial to stand back and ask ‘Am I doing the right thing and for the right reasons’. When making decisions about the structure of a business, it might be easy to build a team around one particular individual, rather than step back and think critically and make a tougher but more sound decision that is best for the business, work flow and results.
By asking yourself this question, you can make sure that decisions are made in the best interest of everyone within the business. This will allow you to focus on the big picture, rather than smaller pieces of the pie. It will also enable longer term thinking versus a short term fix.
Asking yourself this question will also help establish a strong professional reputation.
04: What Are People Concerned About but Not Talking About?
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the flame, a little less than his share of the credit” – Arnold H. Glasow
A Great Leader will ask for feedback, they will allow their talent and team the opportunity to break down their thoughts on changes and will also welcome feedback on themselves as a manager, director or business owner. Do you have a team where transparency is welcomed by all? Or, are there repercussions for team members speaking about how they feel in regards to aspects of the business, their role or of you as a leader.
A Great Leader will welcome honesty; they will build a team around them that feel safe speaking about their concerns or feelings.
It’s when your team isn’t speaking, that you should be concerned and re-evaluate how you manage and lead.
05: What Do People Say When I Leave the Room?
“Don’t find fault, find remedy” – Henry Ford
This question can really trigger some tough acceptances or thoughts in someone who believes they are a leader, but they are actually a manager.
If your team sighs a huge sigh of relief when you leave the room, you need to dig deep and ask why.. Does your team speak with respect and do they speak highly of you? Or, do they struggle with your leadership style and hold their breath, ensuring that they do not step out of line when you are in the office.
A Leader will leave the office knowing that they have created a positive environment and that their team thrives off of their presence.
06: Who Did I Impact Today & Was it Positive?
“It is better to lead from behind and put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. The people will appreciate your leadership” – Nelson Mandela
This could be seen as the highest measure of a success as a great leader. If you’re not impacting your team in a positive way, you’re probably not leading. If you have left your team feeling motivated, driven and inspired where you see them skipping down the road after work – you know you’ve done your job.
07: Do I Spent More Time Telling or Listening?
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples” - Mother Teresa
Leaders will spend a higher percentage of their day listening, instead of telling. When you are in a meeting with your team, or with one of your team members – do you spend all of the time talking and making them listen, or do you welcome them to speak – with you simply listening and taking all information on board?
How do you expect yourself to build with your team, learn your team and lead if you don’t listen? If you are someone who spends an entire conversation or meeting speaking about yourself, your own accomplishments and plans, not welcoming other people’s input or acknowledging other team member’s successes or suggestions – you are not a leader.
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