As a leader, the questions we ask ourselves are as important as the ones we ask our team members. Good questions keep us focused and in touch with how we’re doing. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself to make sure you are heading in the right direction as a leader.
Am I a good listener?
Listening is critical to success: If you’re not listening, you can’t effectively connect with your team, customers, suppliers, vendors, and creditors. Listening gives you information, which helps you move in a direction that is the most beneficial to your organization so speak less and listen more. You’ll be surprised what you can learn by just letting people talk without interrupting them.
Do I Accept change?
Change is a given. If you hate change and are not flexible and versatile, you are risking a lot. Change comes, like it or not and whether we are ready or not. Things are always changing, and you have to be agile and flexible. Learn how to welcome change and make it work for you. If you’re not very adept at change, work on and turn a negative into a positive. You’ll find life much easier to manage.
Am I Developing myself professionally?
In today’s highly competitive markets, not being on top of your game can quickly lead you into trouble. The skills and talent that got you where you are aren’t necessarily the ones that will keep you there. Spend the time to develop your skills and learn new ones. Continuously learning will keep your mind sharp and will make you more marketable.
Am I trying to do it all myself?
The worst thing you can do is think you are going to do this all by yourself. If you want to grow, you have to work with others. Make the time to look for those who can collaborate and help you grow your business. Seek out mentors and coaches who can help you get to the next level. There is no standing still. You’re either moving forward or backward and enlisting the help of others will assure that you continue to move forward.
Have I created the right culture?
Every work place has a culture, whether by design or not. As a leader of your business, work to create a culture that fosters creativity and growth. Make sure the culture embodies your core values and mission statement.
It’s easy to get so caught up putting out fires and managing the other everyday activities that you may lose sight of what it is you’re trying to achieve. Taking time to ask yourself these questions will help slow you down and make you to pause to see if you’re headed in the right direction.