Becoming a better leader

There’s a seemingly simple exercise that can be very powerful in helping you identify how to strengthen your own leadership. It involves asking yourself five questions; you need to challenge yourself and be open to changing your assumptions. You might prefer to do this in private; or if you are brave you might do it with a coach, mentor, friend, business partner or life partner.

So – the five questions are:

  1. What is your goal? What is it that you really want to do differently because you believe it will be important for the business but are having difficulty achieving?
  2. What is it that you do or do not do that works against the achievement of the goal?
  3. What are the disincentives or competing goals? What are the thoughts that go through your mind that make it difficult to do something different? What do your actions (or lack of them) protect you from? What worries you about changing?
  4. What are the big assumptions behind those thoughts? What underpins the competing goals and the fears they arose?
  5. Are those assumptions valid?

Thanks to Mike Meldrum for his thoughts on Leadership and Management and for bringing them to our attention.

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