The mark of a growing leader is the willingness to learn. Growth happens through self-awareness and assessment. I have found, over many years of leading, that there are a few specific questions that leaders must ask themselves in order to grow.
The answers to each of these questions will help you gauge your potential, discover your barriers and enlighten you to areas of opportunity. And, the best leaders will encourage their team to ask the same questions. As a mater of fact, the healthiest leaders, teams and organizations will spend time sharing their answers and support each other in the process of growth.
Take some time to ask yourself the following questions!
1. What is one thing I do that everyone wishes I would no longer do? Key leaders tend to touch too many aspects of their organization. And, in doing so you can create tension. You also run the risk of hindering someone else's growth and potential by doing their job. And, if we get really honest, that one thing is not your strength. You can have greater wins by letting go!
2. Am I empowering other people? This is crucial. No one can win alone, you need a team. Sure, there's a risk that when you empower someone else that they might fail. But, if you aren't empowering others, you are securing your own failure. Empowering the people around you will help you build the best team and the best organization possible.
3. Am I ignoring anything? This can be a hard question for us to answer. The truth is, there is always something we wish wasn't present in ourselves or our organization. But, ignoring the issue may cost you growth, revenue or impede your potential. This may be an issues with budget, a staff change or some other factor that will create discomfort. But, avoiding the discomfort is a sure sign you're unwilling to grow.
4. Am I looking for leaders? The greatest legacy we can leave as leaders is discovering other leaders. Look around you. Be aware of the people who are leading at every level. Identify those people, recognize those people publicly, empower those people and encourage those people. After all, you won't be the leader forever. Your legacy will be seen in who replaces you in the future.
Are there other questions you have found to be crucial for the growth of yourself and other leaders?