5 Questions Effective Leaders Cannot Ignore
Updated: Feb 23
Leadership is not easy.
Your organization is a complex machine with a lot of moving parts. Throwing people into the mix complicates things to an entirely new level.
As a leader, you are charged with a list of difficult tasks: see the future, set the direction for your organization or department, make critical decisions on the fly, and grow the business. Oh, and do all of that while creating a healthy culture and motivating a team of individuals to work together, possibly while still working remotely.
All in a day’s work, right? 😉
Here are 5 questions you can’t ignore if you chose to be a liberator.
1. What’s it like to be on the other side of me?
Self-awareness is a foundational component of leadership. Liberating leaders understand that you have to know yourself to lead yourself, and you have to lead yourself before you lead others.
2. Is decision-making clear at every level?
One significant and sometimes unnecessary challenge in organizational life is the role people play in the decision-making process. It’s significant because giving input or participating in a decision creates incredible ownership and buy-in.
3. Am I in balance?
Work. Spouse. Kids. Friends. Health. Balancing everything can be very hard to achieve and even harder to maintain. Balance forces leaders to merge their priorities with the needs of others. You have to put others before yourself to achieve it.
4. Am I passionate about what I am doing?
Every leader who has “made a dent in the universe” has been passionate about what he or she is doing. Perhaps you used to be passionate but have lost interest. Sometimes all you need is to be reminded of why you began your journey in the first place.
5. What self-preservation do I need to eliminate?
Self-preservation itself is not bad. When self-preservation gets dangerous is when we begin to overprotect things we’re afraid of losing, such as when we are insecure about our competency, appearance, or status, we begin using any measure necessary to protect our image in the eyes of others. When this happens, self-preservation becomes a disease and can rob leaders of their influence. We all have a wall of self-preservation that we need to breakthrough.
“Rough waters are truer tests of leadership. In calm waters, every ship has a good captain.” - Swedish proverb
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