3 Questions Every Leader Should Be Asking
Congratulations! You’ve almost reached the end of the first quarter of 2018! I’m guessing your last several weeks have been spent asking either A) What went right (or wrong) in 2017? Or B) How is the year so busy already?
Maybe your New Year’s Resolutions are on track toward glorious completion, or maybe, like twenty-five percent of Americans, they didn’t make it past January. Regardless of your resolution status, this is a great time to recalibrate your perspective and move forward with intention.
There’s plenty of time to make 2018 truly great, and one key ingredient in doing so is a fully engaged team. However, the standard and expectation doesn’t start with them, it starts with us as leaders.
Here are some questions to help you get the most out of your team and your year:
- Am I creating enough CLARITY for myself, my staff, and the organization as a whole? When clarity goes up, anxiety goes down, and consequently, performance goes up. When we are really clear about where we are going and what each person on our team needs to be doing, momentum builds quickly.
- Am I leading with ENERGY and FOCUS? When was the last time you were in a football team’s locker room right before a big game? If not in person, I’m sure you’ve seen inspirational locker room scenes in the movies. The passion, enthusiasm, energy – and even the volume – center around one thing: winning the game. As leaders with a Kingdom perspective, we are working toward something far greater and more eternal than a single win. Don’t let your team forget! Remind them of your “why,” tell stories of success, and add a little extra enthusiasm to your conversations and meetings.
- Am I EMPOWERING and maximizing my team’s talents and abilities? Great leaders multiply. They set others up for success by mentoring, teaching, and then empowering. Are you sure you are fully maximizing the talents and abilities of everyone on your team? If not, get a game plan to help them go to the next level. Your whole team will benefit.
You’ll never regret investing time into these questions, and when you do, you will make great strides in your ability to lead with passion, power, and purpose.