The world's best leaders don't simply engage in monologues; they stimulate conversations. They understand that having worthwhile exchanges will enrich and illuminate them. Great questions make for inspiring dialogues, and these leaders know just the questions to ask to encourage challenging conversations. Smart leaders always have a great feel for the pulse of their organisation. Because they realise the importance of being consistently engaged with their team, they know how to unleash passion and creativity with the use of well-timed questions. Here are a few powerful questions every entrepreneur must ask themselves to make their business a success:
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What are the core business values you're not willing to forsake?
Every entrepreneur should begin by figuring out the values and morals that are important to them and how they are willing to stay true to them. Only when they have a definite answer to this question can they encourage their employees to practise a similar code of conduct in their organisation. Also, when your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier and your accomplishments begin to reflect the depth of your convictions.
What good is your business doing to the world?
Doing good is not restricted to providing the world with your products and services. The one true influence you can have is making meaningful use of your position to talk about the things that really matter and acting on the things you say. If you consider a particular cause important, make a stand for it and gather people to support you. The ability to influence people is an essential skill.
If happiness was a currency, how rich would your employees be?
According to author Timothy R Clark, “Highly engaged employees make the customer experience. Disengaged employees break it.” You, as an entrepreneur, along with your top-management should ensure that each and every employee at your organisation is satisfied with the work they do. Once you learn through trial and error what makes your employees happy without compromising on your company policies, you won't like the idea of disengaged employees. If you can find what makes your employees tick, happiness will gather like money in the bank.
What are you most grateful for?
Yes, your business might still have a long way to go before reaching the kind of success you envisioned for it. However, constantly focusing on what you don't have will bring down the morale of your entire company. Instead, be grateful for the chance to run your own business and everything will fall into place thereafter. Gratitude can turn what you have into more than enough. Whatever you appreciate and be thankful for will grow stronger in your life, and therefore, all entrepreneurs should count their blessings every day.
When leaders don't take the time to understand themselves, how can they know their team members? Consider these questions thoroughly to know where your happiness quotient and inner peace lies.