“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Attributed to Albert Einstein
Effective leaders understand people like fly casters understand fish. But successful leaders do more than understand people, they help people understand themselves and their roles within organizations.
Leaders establish maximum impact by creating environments where people feel they belong. The more they adapt to you, the more passion they lose.
16 Questions that Establish Maximum Impact:
- What roles do you currently play? (Include all areas of service, official and unofficial.)
- What are your most important activities? (List in order of importance.)
- What skills does it take to fulfill your official role(s) well?
- How could you feel better equipped to fulfill your official role(s)?
- What are your more enjoyable areas of service?
- What are your less enjoyable areas of service? (“I love my job,” isn’t acceptable.)
- How much time do you spend engaged in your more enjoyable activities? (Average per week.)
- How much time do you spend in your less enjoyable activities? (Average per week.)
- How do the people you work with make you feel? (No specific names.) What do they do that make you feel that way?
- How do you make the people around you feel? What are you doing to make them feel that way? Give examples.
- What unfulfilled aspirations do you have?
- What hinders your positive impact?
- How could others enhance your impact?
- How would you like your official role(s) to change in the future?
- How much control over your areas of service do you feel you have? (Scale of 1 to 10.) Please explain.
- Please rank organizational values in order of importance to you.
The environment you allow is the one you create.
What questions would you add or remove?
What are you doing to help people understand their roles?