John Maxwell says, “Asking questions is like lowering a bucket into a well; it enables you to draw out value that otherwise remains hidden and out of reach.”
In a recent article, John suggests 10 questions that can help you better understand and grow your team. Here are 7 of them:
- In the past year, how have you invested in your personal growth? What areas of your personal growth are you most interested in developing? Any specific plans you have to reach your goals?
- What are some practical ways that we as a team could practice better listening skills? What’s missing? What do we do well?
- How many hours a week are you sleeping or resting typically? On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 as completely exhausted and 10 as fully energized, where would you say you are today and on average? How would you rate your current level of energy? What’s energizing you right now in your life and work? What’s missing that would energize you?
- Whose leadership has had the greatest positive influence on your life? What made their influence so impactful?
- What issues or causes are you passionate about?
- What motivates you? What kind of incentives motivate you to work harder? Flexibility in your schedule? Making more money? Acquiring more responsibility? What would be your top two motivators? What do you do to self-motivate?
- If you were “in charge” how would you address leadership decisions made in our organization that you don’t agree with or when you encounter a conflict?