Successful leaders always look to improve their skills as well as inspire others to do an intricate review of themselves and their skills. Asking questions can help you identify what you can improve, but it also keeps you motivated and efficient. Before you start asking others questions however, it is a great idea to start this on your own. Remember, leaders are role models that others constantly watch and evaluate. So you must lead by example.
Here are some of the questions to focus on.
Who are you, and who do you want to become?
These questions are crucial for every leader because you can use the answers as a foundation for your work. They also make it much easier to figure out what tasks you need to delegate, and which ones are the most important. If you answer everything clearly, you will learn how to avoid demotivation, while also improving your workflow and efficiency.
How can you make improvements to the world?
A great leader is always focused on bringing in solutions that can improve themselves, their business, and possibly the world. It is very important to learn from others including people that lost everything yet still managed to push the boundaries and work hard to achieve success in everything they do. Assessing the needs of your clients, creating innovative products, and turning any negativity into something positive can indeed make a huge difference!
Can you make your job deliver vitality and money?
Some people believe that you can’t have a fulfilling job and also one that pays the bills. For many, that is true. What you want is to identify the things that really get you excited, that you love to do, and then use them as the foundation for your profession. These things do not feel like work as you do them. They bring a positive energy to you. Write them down and also make a list of things that you don’t care for or that intimidate you. They will also empower you to learn and grow in the long run. Ideally, you want to spend 90% of your day on things that you are good at, while the remaining 10% should be used for creative, new and challenging tasks. That way you still maintain productivity and growth while learning and experimenting on the side.
Understand the story that you want to tell
Our narratives will always show glimpses of our lives and what we want to achieve. We always need to push the boundaries and find the right way to offer everyone the growth and value they need. But you need to realize that you are the author, you create the narrative so avoid limiting your beliefs. At the same time, you want to invite others to share their contributions and make the most out of this great journey. A good exercise is to write your own epitaph. This is the glimpse of how you want to leave this world and how you want to be remembered. Seems a little morbid however, when done correctly, it is a very powerful exercise.
It is a good idea to return to these questions often and always focus on growth. You also need to consider inspiring others, and you can do that by constantly working on yourself and becoming a role model. Whenever you feel lost, it is imperative to get back to these questions, as they will help guide you towards success!