Three Questions Every Leader Should Ask

Dr. Dale Thompson and his team at Leadership Worth Following study leaders--more specifically “worthy” leaders, those who “guide, direct, or influence people in a way that has great merit, character and value.” 

Dale’s team identified three key characteristics shared by worthy leaders:

  1. Capacity to Lead-the knowledge, skills, acumen and vision to lead
  2. Commitment to Lead –the desire to lead
  3. Character to Lead-actually leading with integrity, courage and humility when the going gets tough and no one is looking

As you decide to take on, or continue in, a leadership position, start with these 3 questions: 

  1. Can I do it?  Is this a leadership position I can do well?  Do I have the needed decision-making skills, legal and business knowledge?  Do I have the energy and adaptability to stay the course? 
  2. Do I want it?  Am I passionate about this undertaking and achieving great results for the group?  Do I strongly want success for this group?  Am I willing to build and develop the people in the group?  Am I committed to my own personal growth in the process?  Am I committed to the firm, my group members and my clients?  Do I want success and excellence enough to make the commitment that is required?
  3. Will I behave with character when the going gets tough?  Is this a role I actually will fulfill with integrity and ethics, openness, courage and humility?  When I am pushed by others behaving badly, expectations that seem impossible to achieve, and with group members who don’t do what they say they will do or just don’t show up, will I nevertheless do the right thing regardless of the personal cost?

If you want to know more, check out the full article:  "The Search for Worthy Leadership" [PDF].