By Ethan Penland, Director of Admissions Services
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New to leadership or looking to find a way to improve your leadership? Either way, there are three questions that will never be outdated or ineffective to help your growth to becoming the best leader you can be.
One of my favorite takeaways from one of my all-time favorite books, “The Culture Code,” by Daniel Coyle, inspired me to consider retooling my approach to leadership and how to understand my effectiveness as a leader. So, with his insight, and my twist on things, I began asking my staff three simple questions:
What is one thing I’m doing well at that you need me to continue to do?
What is one thing I’m not doing enough of, or at all, that you need me to do?
What is one thing you need from me to help you to succeed?
I emphasize one thing because it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Work on your leadership one thing at a time because giving dedication to one aspect allows you to be more intentional with your time and effort for improvement.
The other word you will notice I emphasized is need. We all want things in life, but what is it that we truly need? Really stress the importance of need when asking these questions to get to the root of what your staff requires to succeed.
By asking your staff these three questions, periodically, and truly putting forth action that is in response to their feedback, you will truly see your growth in your leadership, connection to your staff, and overall productivity as a team to reach your goals.
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