12 Great Questions for Leaders

October 18, 2010

Marcus Buckingham’s great book – First, Break All the Rules, has 12 powerful questions that managers need to ask themselves and then ask their team members.  Following are the questions:

Do I know what is expected of me at work?

Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?

At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?

In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?

Does my supervisor or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?

Is there someone at work who encourages my development?

At work, do my opinions seem to count?

Does the mission / purpose of my company make me feel my job is important?

Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?

Do I have a best friend at work?

In the last six months, has someone at work talked to me about my progress?

This last year, have I had opportunities to learn and grow?

Marcus Buckingham is a researcher for the Gallup Organization and through extensive research, Gallup found that these twelve questions that measure the strength of a workplace.  They capture and measure the core elements needed to attract, focus, and keep the most talented staff.

So, I recommend answering the questions for yourself and then ask them of your team members.  The answers may not be fun at times, but they will be powerful in you becoming more effective in your calling / profession.

BG