What do the most successful leaders ask themselves in the mirror?

Having all the answers is less important than knowing what to ask./news/Mirror

Vision and Priorities

  • How often do I communicate a vision for my business?
  • Have I identified and communicated three to five key priorities to achieve that vision?
  • If asked, would my employees be able to articulate the vision and priorities?

Managing Time

  • How am I spending my time? Does it match my key priorities?
  • How are my subordinates spending their time?
  • Does that match the key priorities for the business?


  • Do I give people timely and direct feedback that they can act on?
  • Do I have five or six subordinates who will tell me things I may not want to hear but need to hear?

Succession Planning

  • Have I, at least in my own mind, picked one or more potential successors?
  • Am I coaching them and giving them challenging assignments?
  • Am I delegating sufficiently?

Evaluation and Alignment

  • Is the design of my company still aligned with the key success factors for the business?
  • If I had to design my business with a clean sheet of paper, would it differ from the current design?
  • Should I create a team to answer these questions and make recommendations to me?

Leading Under Pressure

  • What types of events create pressure for me?
  • How do I behave under pressure?
  • What signals am I sending my subordinates?
  • Are these signals helpful or are they undermining the success of my business?

Staying True to Yourself

  • Is my leadership style comfortable? Does it reflect who I truly am?
  • Do I assert myself sufficiently or have I become tentative?
  • Am I too politically correct?
  • Does worry about my next promotion or bonus cause me to pull punches or hesitate to express my views?

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