Leaders ask questions . . . of themselves, of their organizations, and of others. It is part of what helps them to improve. Of course, this requires time for reflective thinking. Maxwell notes that reflective thinking is like the crock-pot of the mind.” In this post I share 10 assessment questions for your to stew on.
Max De Pree had a long and distinguished career with Herman Miller, Inc In Leadership Jazz, he writes, “The quality of our work as leaders and the quality of our lives depends significantly on the questions we ask and the people about whom we ask the questions.”
John Maxwell says, “The better the questions, the more gold you will mine from your thinking.”
Two books that are helping me ask better questions are:
In his chapter, “What Would Bucky say?” De Pree lists twenty-three questions leaders can ask to assess their work. Maxwell’s questions come from his chapter entitled, “Embrace the Lessons of Reflective Thinking.” Most of the questions in this post come from those two sources. The majority are from De Pree. The better the questions, the more gold you will mine from them.
Suggestion from Bob: Grade yourself 1-10 for each of the 10 assessment questions from Tommy. Then ask yourself “What might I do to move this score higher?” (or if it is a 10 – What do I need to do to maintain the 10?)
Tommy Kiedis loves serving Christ through the local church. He serves as Senior Pastor of Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Florida. His role is loving, serving, leading, teaching, and equipping our church for God’s work. Additionally, Tommy has taught extensively on leadership and leadership development on the undergraduate and graduate level. You can follow Tommy on his devotional website: “Don’t Ask the Fish” or and/or on the Servant Leadership Blog: World Leaders Conference.