I enjoy asking questions and learning from people. I find that I often end up around several leaders that I never planned on or knew that I would be around for the day.
This has caused me to create a list of questions that I keep on my iPhone and can easily pull up and use so that I will be the most productive in what is often times small amounts of time that I end up being around that leader.
Here are 10 of those questions I use.
1. What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization?
2. Where do the great ideas come from in your organization?
3. Which is most important to your organization—mission, core values or vision? Why? How would this be seen to be true by an outsider looking in?
4. How do you or other leaders in your organization communicate the “core values”?
5. How do you encourage others in your organization to communicate the “core values”?
6. Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe some one who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?
7. What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should have?
8. What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader?
9. What is the one behavior or trait that you have seen derail more leaders’ careers?
10. How do you encourage creative thinking within your organization?
There are 10 of the 20 questions that I ask. I’ll post the other 10 tomorrow, but what questions would you ask?