Four Questions A Future Ready Leader Needs to Ask Every Day
Leadership and change expert Cheryl Cran helps leaders and their teams build “future” workplaces. Through her research into the future of work, technology, innovation, and generational impact, she helps drive transformation in a fast-paced world.
Cheryl understands that a majority of a leader’s day is spent putting out fires and dealing with the immediate. So, how can you make sure the long-term doesn’t get outweighed by the short-term? She recommends “future-ready” leaders to start each day with four simple questions:
- What is my main success indicator for today and what will I do to ensure I achieve it?
Your answer to this question shows your priorities and the impact you hope to make in the day. Many leaders view success as “major wins” such as big contracts, big collaborations, or recognition for a job well done. However, a key success factor for leaders is if they helped their teams win big contracts, collaborate more effectively, or earn the recognition they deserve.
- What is my long game? What is my biggest hope and focus for my team in the next year, 18 months and 24 months?
This is where future ready leaders focus on getting results in the now while keeping an eye on the future. If as a leader you are not inspiring yourself with a future goal you are not inspiring your teams to move forward with you either.
- What is the highest payback coaching investment I can make with my team right now?
Great leaders are thinking about how he or she can leverage the talent of their team members ALL the time. Spend time evaluating your team and determine for each of your team members where you could really invest time, resources, and coaching to up their game.
- What am I doing today to keep a “fire in my belly”?
Leaders cycle in and out of motivation just like anybody else. The leaders with the highest levels of stamina and energy tend to look for inspiration and motivation to help them stay the course through both the wins and the challenges. How do you keep yourself motivated? Do you meditate? Do you exercise? Do you listen to inspirational podcasts? Do you have a peer or mentor who pep talks you? You are responsible for your energy state and as a leader must be modelling that “fire in the belly” every single day.
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