Sometimes leaders can view their role only encompassing the big-picture, long-term, and strategic kind of stuff. I’ve learned, however, that how I treat simple one-on-one encounters with others may impact my leadership and my church in greater ways than my big-picture stuff. I suggest silently asking yourself these three questions when you’re with another person at your church or organization.
3 Key Questions that Can Make or Break Leadership Effectiveness
- If I were in this person’s shoes, would he or she feel loved by me?
- What does this person need from me now and how can I meet it?
- What is God doing in this person’s life and how does He want me to help?
Perhaps these questions are ways to live out the maxim, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
What are some other subtle leadership insights you’ve learned that affect leadership effectiveness?
5 thoughts on “3 Simple Questions that Can Make or Break Leadership Effectiveness”
Charles, I heartliy agree with this. There are times in leadership where one wants the task done, and on a deadline, and one neglects the heart! I love the Leadership Practices Inventory for this reminder of ‘encouraging the heart’ of your followers.
Great post Charles. How about, what do I see in that person which needs encouraging that they may be blind to? So often people don’t see their own potential.
Ralph, great additional question!
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