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Questions to Make You a Better Leader

| November 13, 2007

by Jim Bruce

 John Baldoni, in “Questions to Make You a Better Leader” argues that asking good questions is a practice that all leaders need to have.  He suggests five:

1.  What about your work motivates you?  If it’s not motivating, what can you do about it?  What changes can you make to increase satisfaction?

2.  What challenges are facing your organization?

3.  What can you do to overcome these challenges?  Leaders need to take action, to make a difference.  By asking the question, you show that it is your responsibility to act.

4.  How can you help your boss lead more effectively?  As a player in your larger organization, you have to think beyond yourself.

5.  What are you doing to spread confidence?  Leaders have the responsibility to provide a sense of confidence that we will do what we said we would do.

Baldoni closes by speaking about the importance of a coach, someone that nudges you into action.  Without that action, following through on what you learn through your questions, progress will be less than it otherwise would be.

As you go through this week, make your conversations with your staff more intentional;  questions such as these can be a big help.


.  .  .  .  .     jim