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3 Powerful Questions Every Leader Needs to Ask

Published August 22, 2013

Powerful questions asked by you as a leader illuminate the darkness, confusion and uncertainty in the minds of the people you are leading. By asking the powerful question, you as the leader invite clarity, action, and discovery at a whole new level. Generally speaking, the most powerful questions are the open-ended ones, but even more so the most powerful questions are asked with YOU in the equation.
3 Powerful Questions Every Leader Needs to Ask:

  1. What Seems to Be Happening? Get clear on what the issue really is. Seek to understand where the organization is truly at. Until you understand the situation completely, you and your team will never be able to make the improvements you want to see.
  2. What Possibilities Do We Face? As a result of the situation you are in, what can you do to be even better as a result of it? Great leaders see problems as possibilities to become even stronger as an organization. They look at operational challenges as opportunities to become leaders in that area. Help your team understand that while today things may not be great, they control tomorrow.
  3. What Are We Going To Do About It? By creating a true, cooperative environment where your team feels like they can fully engage with you in an open, honest, and fact-based conversation you will create synergy that other organizations only dream about.

One of the key things a leader has to do is to immerse themselves into the situation and become part of the solution versus approaching it from the standpoint of “it’s not my problem, it’s yours”. Defensiveness, denial, and deflection are not what an organization needs when facing a problem.  Great leaders understand that they are accountable for everything that happens in an organization from the top down and by including themselves in the solution they provide a true feeling of teamwork and accountability.
By asking the “we” questions a leader can open up honest dialogue about a problem and can help facilitate a solution much more swiftly and create an empowered culture in their organizations to help their teams perform more confidently in the future when facing similar issues.