A few phenomenal questions for leaders

Whether you have been at the top of your org-chart for years, or are still hoping for a shot at being “buck-stop” for your organization, it takes constant attention to sharpening your skill set, balancing sharing your vision with ensuring effective execution, and straddling that fine line between inspiring and motivating versus coddling and enabling. 

One of my main inspirations, Christine Kennedy, a leader among leaders and vice president of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, posted a Twitter update that linked me to a Michael Smith’s 20 questions to ask other leaders, as presented by Michael Hyatt on his blog.  I highlight a few of my favorite questions here, and might even post my own thoughts on a few of them in the coming days.

  • As an organization gets larger there can be a tendency for the “institution” to dampen the “inspiration.” How do you keep this from happening?
  • How do you encourage creative thinking within your organization?
  • How do you or other leaders in your organization communicate the “core values”?
  • How do you encourage others in your organization to communicate the “core values”?
  • How do you help a new employee understand the culture of your organization?
  • What is one mistake you witness leaders making more frequently than others?
  • What is the one behavior or trait that you have seen derail more leaders’ careers?
  • What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
  • Bonus Question: What do you like to ask other leaders when you get the chance?
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