For the last two weeks, I’ve written about “Clothing the Emperor“and I’ve received some interesting feedback. Some readers readily admitted that they were naked or had parts of themselves exposed and are working to cover themselves; while others are struggling to identify what areas need covering up. The 12 questions adapted from my book “Lead Your Team To Win” provide leaders with clues of what parts of their leadership areas are uncovered. It’s pretty simple.
Read the questions.
Answer them YES or NO.
IF you’ve answered questions 5 and 7 YES and all the others NO, then these represent areas in which you may be exposed.
Then you can make a choice – Fix it or leave it alone.
- Does your team work well together?
- Does your team discuss tough issues with you
- Do your team members eagerly attend team meetings and one-on-ones with you?
- Do your team members express a shared purpose for their work?
- Do you tell your staff what work needs to be done?
- Do team members generate ideas and come up with new projects?
- Do your employees take actions that seem to sabotage their careers?
- Do you trust your employees?
- Do your employees trust you?
- Do your team members think they are performing at optimal levels?
- Do you think your team members are performing at optimal levels?
- Is your team perceived as a high achieving team by the rest of the organization?
Of course there are many other questions and areas to be covered when thinking about our leadership and how we can improve our leadership. The questions posed are to set a seeker on a path, with the hope that once he or she finds the path it will be easier to seek more questions and have more answers.
What other questions can tell us about our leadership? What do you ask yourself to stay clothed?
Maxine Attong uses her Clothing the Emperor process to assist leaders effectively Lead teams to win. She is the author of Lead Your Team to Win and Change or Die. Maxine is also an OD Consultant , Speaker and Certified Accountant.