Our business environment is constantly evolving, requiring we sift and think through enormous amounts of information to make crucial decisions that impact our organizational goals. However, a leader cannot do this alone.
A challenge that faces my leadership clients is developing a highly motivated team and utilizing their team’s strengths and insights in fine-tuning strategies in developing and implementing action plans. They also require a high-performance team that can adapt to changing conditions, be innovative, and produces quality results.
To develop a high-performing team, a leader must ensure clear goals align with corporate vision, develop their team’s trust in the organization’s direction, and create a feeling of psychological safety to achieve a high level of collaboration, creativity, and innovation.
The following is a list of questions my clients and I use to formulate and communicate their vision succinctly and provide a space for collaboration, creativity, and innovation to flourish.
Creating a Vision/Direction
- What problems does my organization need to solve that support the corporate vision?
- How can I communicate my vision, strategy, objectives, and standards in terms my team clearly understands?
- What needs to change to achieve our vision?
- What can we do differently to achieve our vision?
- What changes am I looking for to achieve our vision?
- What message do I want to convey to my team?
- How can I inspire and motivate my team to achieve our organization’s goals?
- How can I develop trust and credibility with my team?
- How can I be more vulnerable and transparent with my team?
- How can we determine a solution when we haven’t defined the problem?
- How well does our team work together?
- What are other ways to think about this issue?
- What would be the best thing to do right now?
- Don’t assume; ask, “What do you mean?”
- What else can you say about that?
- How can we apply what we have learned?
- How can I communicate to the corporation my team’s achievements?
- How can we use individual team member’s strengths to increase our performance?
- How can I develop a good relationship with each team member?
- What do I need to do more to be more effective as your leader?
- What do I need to do less to be more effective as your leader?
- What should I continue to do to be more effective as your leader?
- What do you need from me to achieve your goals?
- How comfortable is my team with disagreements?
- What resources do you need to do your job?
- How can I support you in doing your work?
- What kind of learning do you need to do your job?
- Would you like my help in solving this problem?
- How should we celebrate our successes?
Asking yourself these questions periodically can help you develop or energize a highly motivated and engaged team that not only achieves but exceeds expectations.
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