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The general expectation is that leaders should have answers to everything but the reality is that leadership has many more questions than answers. 

Leaders can improve their knowledge, determine their direction, promote engagement and make better decisions by first asking questions to themselves. Below are relevant questions leaders should ask themselves.

  1. What is the best thing to do in the next few minutes?

 This question simultaneously addresses management and prioritization as they are critical qualities in leadership. The answer should prepare leaders for effective action by listing the importance to do according to priority by attending first attending to things they dislike to clear the ground for their preference.

  1. What requires attention?

 Leadership can be comforting, but it is crucial to regularly search for new opportunities, responsibilities, and skills that require improvement. Continual learning should be part of leadership because traditional methods of doing things will not always keep up with the evolving world.

  1. Who is challenging the point of view and stand on issues?

 It is unhealthy when people surrounding leadership always agree with everything. Successful leaders work with people who do not fear challenging things with facts. Leaders should examine if they can gain something by seeing things from the perspective of their employees and if their subordinates have fears in expressing their opinions. Leaders must avoid creating a corporate culture of fear.

  1. What is the right way of bringing clarity to a situation?

Determining a method of clarity when people are grappling with an issue helps teams define their actions, goals, and completion timeframe. It also ensures the availability of resources. Bringing clarity can turn difficult moments around to allow the implementation of ideas.

  1. How would a great leader handle this situation?

Leaders should look up to particular role models known for their heroic leadership and think the way their heroes would do in a specific situation. Anticipation gives courage, inspiration and puts a situation in a clear perspective. Leaders, for example, can ask themselves how one of the billionaire businessmen would handle new technology.

  1. What is the best way to enable or hold back a team?

 A review of the day’s activities is valuable in leadership. It allows an honest review of gains and things that leaders could have done more to facilitate team performance. It is also a suitable time for leaders to determine if they said something that caused negative consequences they did not intend. If there is, it will help to unpack the circumstances leading to unfortunate utterances and prevent the recurrence of similar blunders. 

  1. Who has been out of sight?

Leaders should not assume that someone they have not talked to for a period is working well because the team is delivering. The best idea is to reach out to team members that have been out of sight. Leaders cannot know if someone in a team is going through challenges until they ask. 

Frequent leadership coaching sharpens skills as participants know questions leaders should ask themselves.