From professors to managers to mentors, I’ve had the opportunity to be inspired by some great leaders. When thinking about what they have in common, it’s easy for me to come up with some shared characteristics. They were all supportive, encouraging, charismatic, and motivated. They all had unique skills and valuable experiences under their belts.
But, personality traits aside, I identified one more common thread that ties all of my most memorable leaders together: the questions that they would ask me. Here are three questions to ask your own employees if you want to be seen as a better, stronger leader.
Mentors, you want big box-office for the time you spend outside of that box you call an office on mentoring, right? (See what I did there?) Here’s the mission briefing for becoming a SuperMentor:
The following sayings might not be as full of as much character compared to some of the more colorful southern expressions, but they are great lines to shape your business practices around.
There are certain central truths of leadership that remain timeless. Yet, conventional wisdom doesn’t always carry forward to modern times.
Great companies understand that joy is the highest form of productivity and that profit is just a bonus byproduct.
One skill essential for every leader is to be very good at asking the “right” questions. It doesn’t matter if they are leading themselves, a group, or a whole organization.
Motivational quotes are everywhere. They’re on sports advertisements, billboards, T-shirts. In fact, there’s a decent chance that many of your laptops have a desktop background that features an image of a motivational quote. Admit it.
To help you get above the fray, I have collected the following 17 daily affirmations for leaders. They may seem simple, and they are, but they’re also very powerful.
Many people and a host of commentators instinctively recoiled at the callous management practices described in a scathing New York Times article last month about Amazon.
The Catholic Church is a bureaucracy: a hierarchy populated by good-hearted, but less-than-perfect souls. In that sense, it’s not much different than your organization. That’s why the Pope’s counsel is relevant to leaders everywhere.