Good leaders are self-aware, and have thought through the issues and complications of leadership. Here are 10 questions to ask yourself – and to answer:
1. How do you personally define leadership?
Definitions of leadership abound. But if one of your subordinates asked what your definition is, would you have an answer?
2. Who are some of the leaders that you admire and why?
We can learn from other leaders, particularly from their failures. Are there leaders from business, politics, the arts, or sports who you admire, and why?
3. Who have been some of the influential leaders in your life?
While we can learn from contemporary and historical figures we have never met, the most influential leaders are often people we have known – from grandparents to neighbours to bosses – who have shaped our lives in some way. Who are they, and what did you learn from them about ethics, core values, and leadership style?
4. What are some of the defining leadership moments of your life?
Sometimes an incident or interaction transforms us or others in a memorable way. Those moments serve as a guiding compass, for us, and the people we lead. So it’s important to identify and understand those defining leadership moments.
5. What are you truly passionate about?
Passion, like negativity, is contagious. “Rather than trying to light a fire under people, great leaders light a fire within them. So are you clear on what it is that you are truly passionate about … and do you inspire passion in others?” he writes.
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