“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions and as a result, they get better answers.” Anthony Robbins
As a leader it’s imperative to get the answers you are looking for. However, the only way to get the answers you seek is by asking the right questions.
But what are the best questions to ask and who should ask? The good news is that the most important person you need to ask is easy to find. The bad news is they will be the toughest questions you will have to answer.
In John Maxwell’s “Leadership Gold,” he discusses 10 questions that every leader must ask themselves. As I continue to ask these questions myself, I can tell you that they are not always easy to answer, but they have always been beneficial in helping me get to where I want to go.
Here are the 10 questions that John asks himself I have no doubt that if you spend to time honestly answering them, they will give you great insight.
1) Am I investing in myself?
This is a question of personal growth? Will you be the same person tomorrow, next week, or next year as you are today? Growth does not happen automatically, you must be intentional.
2) Am I genuinely interested in others?
This question will challenge your motives. We always hear about adding value to other people, but you first must truly value people. Are you leading with power and authority or by building relationships and serving?
3) Am I doing what I love and loving what I do?
This is a question of passion. It has been said, “You will never fulfill your destiny doing something you despise.” I believe that is true. We all get into ruts and have bad days, but take some time to objectively analyze if you love what you are doing. Life is too short.
4) Am I investing my time with the right people?
This is a question that will look at your relationships. There is not doubt that to grow yourself and grow your business effectively, you must surround yourself with the right people? Who are the people who are surrounding you?
5) Am I staying in my strength zone?
How effective are you? This question will address your effectiveness level. Too many leaders focus on their weaknesses and feel tired and frustrated. What are you strengths? Are you tapping into what you do best?
6) Am I taking care of others to a higher level?
What is your mission? What is your purpose? I believe that the greatest purpose of leadership is to add value to others? Every morning you should ask yourself, “Who will I add value to today?,” and every evening ask, “Who did I give value to today?”
7) Am I taking care of today?
I have always loved the phrase, yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.” This question is about success. What are you doing today to create positive momentum?
8) Am I taking time to think?
How much time to do spend each day or each week just thinking? I used to think it was a waste of time….until I realized I was taking action with no intention. Warren Buffet states that he has spent 80% of his career simply thinking. Imagine if you just took 10% of your day to plan, reflect, and strategize.
9) Am I developing other leaders?
Will you leave a legacy? The answer to that question may directly depend on your willingness to develop others around you. Leading other leaders is hard work, but it provides huge rewards.
10) Am I pleasing God?
I know that you may or may not be a person of faith. I believe that there is something bigger than any of us and that it is our duty to leave this world a better place than when we arrived.
Take some time to answer these ten questions. You will never get the answer to the questions you don’t ask. The most important questions to ask start with you.
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