020 – 10 Powerful Leadership Questions
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The Inquisitive Manager: 10 Questions That Will Make You A Better Leader Instantly.
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The Inquisitive Manager: 10 Questions That Will Make You A Better Leader, Instantly
10 Powerful Leadership Questions (Part 1)
Good managers are inquisitive because they understand the power of asking good questions. You see, true leaders are experts at asking key open-ended questions and are able to dig into the nitty gritty with their team members without making them feel like they are being interrogated!
So let me ask you a closed-ended question. Are you an inquisitive manager? But here’s a better question. What is the most effective open-ended question that you ask your employees?
Maybe you can come up with a good question, but what if you had 10 or more questions that you were prepared to ask on a regular basis to get your employees thinking, sharing, and collaborating more? In fact, what if you developed your inquisitive manager skills to a point where a simple question could empower your team members?
If you subscribe to this podcast, keep your ears open for an upcoming interview with a fellow Canadian and leadership expert, Tanveer Naseer, because we talk in depth on this subject of inquisitive leadership.
Here are 10 Questions That Will Make You A Better Leader Instantly!
And yes… instantly. This isn’t a ‘too good to be true claim’. Your leadership will literally change. The only caveat is that you have to actually ask these questions. But literally, even the first time you ask one of these questions, you will notice a change in how you lead.
Powerful Leadership Question 1: Why are you here?
The first question that will change the way you lead your team is, “Why are you here?”. You are asking this open-ended question here to uncover whether or not your employee is working with passion and direction.
When you ask this question… and any other question really, you will either get a good answer… or a not so good answer. If your employee is motivated, you’ll get a good answer. Now, you may need to ask the second question and dig a little bit, but a motivated employee will be able to tell you why they come into work every day. Anything less than a good answer is an opportunity to help your employee find his or her why.
Powerful Leadership Question 2: What’s Working Right Now?
I’m going to suggest that you try asking this question on a regular basis in your office. “What’s Working Right Now?” This question can help you develop your leadership skills and your business because you receive constructive feedback, constructive criticism… in the form of positive behavior reinforcement.
This works because it’s easier to say, ‘good job’ than it is to say, ‘here’s something to work’. However, it can often accomplish the same goal because when you know what you are doing well, you can continue those behaviors, continue those programs, continue those actions and through that process, recognize actions which may contradict what’s already working.
You see, the problem is, often we don’t know what’s working and as managers, we experiment and experiment without actually hearing when something works! This question can help you identify those things.
Powerful Leadership Question 3: What Can I Do To Make Your Job Easier?
Your effectiveness in any role comes down to whether or not people know, like and trust you. And it happens in that order. Your employees, your leaders, and your customers need to know who you are. So take the risk, be vulnerable and share some personal information. Allow people the opportunity to get to know you.
Next, you need to be liked. Sounds maybe a little superficial, but it’s true. People do business with friends and if you’ve ever heard of this thing within leadership called… what is it… favoritism? It’s because bosses don’t promote people they don’t like. Now, I don’t mean to say that if you haven’t been promoted that your boss doesn’t like you… I’m just saying that he or she likes (on some level) the people he or she promotes.
So how do you become someone who is well liked? Listen and Serve.
Ask your employees how you can make their job easier, and then make their job easier! This will absolutely change the loyalty and motivation see from your employees.
But it all hangs on the final point. Trust. People need to know, like and TRUST you. And you’ll earn their trust not only through displaying integrity but through producing results. In the business world, your ability to produce business results is critical to your employees trusting you and your boss trusting you.
I thought we’d get a little farther than just 3 questions in, but you’ll have to tune in on Wednesday, Episode 21, where I’ll slam through powerful leadership questions 4 through 10.