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Questions Every Leader Should Ask Themselves | Timothy Lofton

Becoming a leader is not the end of your work. It is an exceptional accomplishment, but you should still strive each day to reach various goals and become the best leader you can be. The ability to ask questions is a skill every leader should possess. It is beneficial to you and your team, who deserves to be challenged and listened to. Let’s look at specific questions you as a leader should be asking yourself every day to ensure that you are doing your job effectively and to your best capabilities. 

Firstly, assess your priorities for the day. Staying organized is one of the most important aspects of a leader. If you are unorganized, it makes it harder for your team to remain organized as well. By listing your priorities for the day, you are less likely to forget about important meetings, overbook yourself, or fail to complete certain commitments. Along with this, ask yourself what you should delegate. To delegate effectively, you must know the various strengths and skillsets of your team members. If you try to take on everything by yourself, you are not maximizing your productivity, and it shows your team that you do not trust them to handle the work. 

Always ask yourself what can be improved. Just because things seem to be going smoothly, that does not mean you should be comfortable and convince yourself that nothing needs to be changed. A leader should continuously ask themselves what they can do to improve policies, processes, functions and other aspects of a business that enhance a company’s productivity. In addition, do not be afraid to ask what you can do to help other people. Even though you have reached a position of power, you are not exempt from helping wherever you can. Helping others can directly impact the company and even teach your team members how to help themselves in the future. 

Finally, never forget to ask yourself what you learned that day. Good leaders understand that the process of growing and learning never ends in the workforce. Asking that question at the end of the day always keeps your mind in a position of analyzing your decisions and deciding whether or not they were effective.

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