New Blog Series: 7 Questions Every Leader Must Answer

It has been a while since my last post (been working on my dissertation proposal), and I’ve given a lot of thought to what my next series should emphasize. My focus for the coming weeks will be on leader introspection and self-reflection because I believe that all leaders should examine themselves, their feelings, attitudes, and beliefs if they are going to effectively lead others.

I have come up with a list of seven questions that I think every leader needs to answer. Why seven? It’s my favorite number. Seriously. I know that’s not very scientific or thought-provoking, but I like the number 7. However, I also believe that it signifies excellence and completeness.

How did I come up with these questions? Based on my experience, reading, intuition, and observation. I think each of these questions points to an essential aspect of effective leadership.

So, here are the 7 questions:
1)      Are you prepared?
Are you teachable?
Are you insecure?
Are you aware?
Are you listening?
Are you afraid?
Are you leading?

Simple. Three words for each question. I like keeping things simple. But you know what? Some of the most seemingly simple questions are often the most difficult to answer.

In the coming weeks, I challenge you to examine these questions and determine where you might be deficient as a leader. Just because you are lacking in an area does not mean you have to stay that way. Leadership is all about getting better, and it’s a constant pursuit. I hope you will join me in this pursuit of excellence!

Next post… “Are you prepared?” Look for it soon!

Personal Leadership,

Written by Jeremy Couch

Jeremy Couch is a Leadership Architect who helps leaders build thriving cultures. Most recently, he served as Executive Director for Palm Beach Atlantic University-Orlando and an Assistant Professor of Leadership. He is passionate about teaching, writing, consulting, and speaking on topics related to leadership development and organizational health.


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