20160229200753-leadership-teamwork-business-group-collaboration-meetingGreat leaders ask great questions.

Brad Cooper said in his afternoon talk at the most excellent way to lead conference that “The greatest leaders of tomorrow are the greatest question askers of today.” (Listen to the talk here)

In fact, some of this post is derived out of Brad’s talk so much of the credit to this post is from him.

I am learning that to become a better leader, I must be asking better questions. [Click to Tweet]

I think that too many people believe that leadership is about answering the questions, but the best leaders are the ones asking the questions. [Click to Tweet]

Here are 5 questions that you should be asking the people who you lead:

1. What areas of your life would you like for me to speak into?

Too  many leaders are speaking into people who really are not asking to be spoken into. Also, too many leaders are speaking into areas of people’s lives that they do not want you to speak into.

Every one on one conversation that you have with a person that you lead, you should be asking this question.

It will grow you as a leader, but it will also grow the person you are leading, because it will be answering some of the greatest questions and needs that they have as an individual.

2. If you were in my position, what would you do differently? 

Brad Cooper asks it this way, “If you had my job, what is the first thing that you would change?”

This is a question that you help you lead like never before. It will take the focus off of the results that you believe people want, and place your focus on to the results that people actually want.

3. What is it like to be on the other side of me?

This question will challenge you as much as any question that you ask.

Sometimes we feel we are great communicators, and those on the other side cannot understand you. Sometimes we feel we communicate tasks in a kind way, and we don’t.

My point is that how we feel we are communicating sometimes can be drastically different from the way we are actually communicating.

The best way to evaluate the effectiveness of our leadership is by asking those who are directly impacted by our every day leadership.

4. What would you attempt to do if you knew that you could not fail?

Want to improve your business, church, or organization? This is a question to do just that.

It allows those you lead to dream and then you as a leader can position them for maximum success.

This question can be very revealing. It can show that maybe you have not placed them in the right seat on the bus. Maybe their gifts and desire is to do something entirely different.

5. How can I help you succeed?

When you have reached a point of leadership with people where you are truly influencing them, this question can take your team next level.

This question should be the heart of every leader. How can we help position people into the place that sets them up for the most success.

What do you think?

These questions are not yes or no questions. They also are not task oriented questions. They are leadership questions that will help you grow in influence with the team that you lead.

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