In my present role I have a regular question that comes to me from many people: “what do you want to do about this?”. “This” maybe a number of things – financial issues, questions on policy, strategic thought, simple decisions around property or meetings. It strikes me that leadership is about making decisions, and good leaders set themselves apart by having clear direction when it comes to those questions.
When I talk about clear direction I don’t mean always having the answer, but knowing how to get to the right answer is imperative. We sometimes get criticized for not having the answer quickly…well, quick enough for those that are asking. The truth of the matter is that moving quickly, while a strength, can also be regrettable. Balance is, in my thinking, the key to decision making.
But there are questions that every leader need to ask themselves. This isn’t inclusive at all, but it struck me that it’s a beginning.
1. How is my relationship at home – with my spouse, children?
2. How is my heart? Am I bearing any resentment? Any bitterness?
3. Am I fearful? What keeps me back?
4. Am I helpful to others?
5. Do I exhibit an attitude of gratitude?
6. Would my friends describe me as a talker or a listener?
7. Am I a generous person? Am I willing to share myself, my time, my resources?
8. Where have I settled for mediocrity?
9. What’s the best book I’ve learned from and who have I passed it on to?
10. Who do I need to forgive? When, how will I tell them?
11. Have I told the good people around me how I feel about them?
12. What failure/success has been my greatest and what have I learned from it?
Would you add any other questions?