One of the biggest challenges of leadership is managing the tension. In case you missed it, that was the topic of my motivational video minute yesterday.

With so many things to juggle, how is a leader supposed to stay focused on what really matters? Personally, I like to ask and answer three questions, everyday, that keep me headed in the right direction. I’m questing they will help you cut through the fog too.
  1. Why am I here? Simon Sinek’s book, “Start with Why,” is a great title. What is your why? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Why are you choosing to use your best time and energy in your current role instead of somewhere else? Why does it matter if you show up today? Why? Why Why? Start with your WHY!
  2. What are WE trying to accomplish? Once you are locked in on your personal focus for the day, shift to thinking about your team. If you are like me, you are trying to accomplish something bigger than you can do on your own. Does your team know what it is? Answering the “What are We trying to Accomplish,” question is the best gift you can give those you lead. This question will help you prepare for meetings, pull you back when distractions arise, keep you from chasing rabbits, help you to know what to say no to, and give you a target to measure effectiveness.
  3. Who needs my encouragement today? The late Truett Cathy, who founded Chick-fil-A, always asked the question, “How do you know if someone needs encouragement?” Truett’s answer … if they are breathing. Today you will be surrounded by men and women who are breathing and they are all suffocating for validation. If you truly want to add value and increase your influence, then pick one of them to affirm in an authentic way.

Why am I here? What are we trying to accomplish? Who needs my encouragement today? Three powerful questions guaranteed to keep you and your team focused until tomorrow. Then it will be time to ask and answer them again. I know I plan to!

 

 

 

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Author: Randy

Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.