Analyze your workday – 8 Questions to Ask a Leader

Leadership is not perceptive and what works for one person may not work for the other. But there is one feature that many business owners and entrepreneurs share: questions are constantly being asked to remain relevant and perceptive.


1. What did I accomplish today? At the end of each day, take a step back and ask yourself what you accomplished today. Knowing what your results are is a great productivity boost. Propose to have at least one important task every day that you can reach to achieve your final goals. If you think you could have done more, propose to channel that energy to work harder the next day.

2. What mistakes did I make and how can I learn from them? Not every decision you make will be correct. In those situations, putting your hands up and admitting that you made a mistake is the best thing you can do. There is a saying “more people could learn from their mistakes if they were not so busy denying that they committed them.” We all make mistakes, the way we respond to them is what defines us.

3. Did I help someone succeed? Good leaders focus on the success of others, as well as their personal achievements. Make it your mantra to help others succeed. It does not always have to be a great gesture. It can be as simple as spending 20 minutes with an employee to discuss their performance and progress. Working on the strengths of others will make your business grow.

4. What motivated me? Having a business and guiding a team can be difficult. During difficult times, look for the motivation that makes you advance and improve. Take note of the things that inspire you and read them when you need to get excited again. Good leaders are aware of the things that help them motivate themselves and use that knowledge to their advantage.

5. Did I get close to the goals? When you are at the helm of the boat, it is good to have a destination in mind. The same happens when you are in charge of a business or a team: you must have goals and keep everyone focused and moving in the same direction. Ask yourself if you have worked towards those goals, if you have not done so, find out why and think about how you can put everything in order. Do not lose sight of your goals.

6. What obstacles did they encounter? What are your difficult points? Is there a particular area of ​​your business that costs you hard work? Are not you able to think of a strategy for a particular function? If so, identify the areas that require improvement or the resources that will go far to overcome the problems.

Once you know what your weaknesses are, create a small team and talk about problem areas. Share your ideas and work on problems in a constructive way. This is very good for building the team and putting everyone on the same page. It will also solve the problem so you can move forward.

7. What do I need to release? You are preparing for failure if you take charge of many things. Business owners and heads of department can not be in charge of every decision made in the company. Part of being a leader is being able to recruit effectively. Build a team that you trust to make decisions and get things done. Let people feel some of the burden of the business. This does not mean that you will progress faster, but by sharing responsibility, you will have a more collaborative business culture.

8. What legacy do I want to leave? Finally, how do you want to be remembered? Keep this in mind every day when you go to your goal. Are you happy with the way you acted today? You were not born with the qualities that formed your character, but developed them with experiences, failures and successes.


By Abigail Phillips

Date: 08-26-2014