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If You Say Yes to Any of These 3 Questions, Your Leadership Skills Are Way Better Than Those of Most Managers

Leadership is a matter of the head and the heart


Ever worked for a leader who was so inspiring and gifted, your memories of how he or she took care of the team remain vivid to this day?

Chances are, the reason you still talk about this leader from years past is because of how he or she made you feel. 

Renowned poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou famously quipped, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

3 questions to assess your leadership skills

Leadership is a matter of the head and the heart–it’s about results and relationships. So, if you’re in a leadership role now or aspiring to one, the journey toward leadership greatness never ends. But it does have a starting point.

And sometimes the beginning of the journey requires some tough questions you need to ask yourself to raise your own bar. Can you answer yes to any — and hopefully all — of these?

1. Are you approachable? 

Before you assume you’re fit to lead, this is an important question to ask. Because if you’re going to lead, you need to be approachable. If you’re not, it could hurt your leadership in several ways: 

  • Your employees may be less willing to share information for fear of disapproval;
  • your team members may be disconnected from you; and
  • your team members will fear taking ownership of their work, and will only look to you for answers.

To be approachable means promoting a culture where feelings of loyalty and a sense of purpose are felt among staff. 

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