Healthy, strong leaders are willing to answer difficult questions about their leadership skills.
When leaders answer difficult questions it provides an opportunity for them to be transparent.
Transparency opens the doors of influence for a leader.
Max Depree believes that followers have the right to ask questions of their leaders. Strong leaders must be able to give honest answers to the following questions:
- What may I expect from you?
- Can I achieve my own goals by following you?
- Will I reach my potential by working with you?
- Can I trust my future with you?
- Have you bothered to prepare yourself for leadership?
- Are you ready to be ruthlessly honest?
- Do you have self-confidence and trust to let me do my job?
- What do you believe?
These basic questions can help any leader create a healthy teamwork environment.
What kind of leader are you? Are those you lead able to freely ask you questions?
“Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.” — Oscar Wilde
“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” — Ralph Nader
“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.” — Peter Drucker
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” — Theodore Roosevelt
“A leader is a dealer in hope.” — Napoleon Bonaparte
“To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.” — Harry Truman
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing.” — Albert Schweitzer
“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert.” — Theodore Roosevelt
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams
“The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” — Eric Hoffer
“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” — Harold S. Geneen
“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” — John Maxwell
“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” — Kenneth Blanchard
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” — General George Patton
“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” — Norman Schwarzkopf
“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” — Harvey S. Firestone
“One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” — Arnold Glasow
“Leaders conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts.” — John Gardner
“The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress lies at the heart of effective leadership.” — Jim Loehr
“People will emulate leaders’ behaviors, believing they have silent permission to parrot actions demonstrated at the top of the power hierarchy.” — Phil Buckley
“Leader in its most important sense means being the agent of your own life, influencing the things you care about most in the world to make it a richer life. ” — Stewart Friedman, Total Leadership