When I interview leaders and others I ask questions about what they believe, have learned or think important for others to know.
Here are some common responses:
“I hadn’t thought about it before.”
“Nobody ever asked that. I’ll have to think about it.”
“I never think about it unless someone asks.”
“Nobody has ever asked that. I’ll have to think about it.”
You can increase your effectiveness as a leader and thinker if you think about the important questions before you’re asked.
Thoughtful isn’t just a synonym for considerate. It describes a person who gives thought to things; who makes time to reflect on what is important and contemplate the tougher questions of life.
What are the most important beliefs that guide your business and life?
What are the things you’d most like the people you lead to know about you and what you believe?
What makes an organization successful?
What are the essentials of a life well lived?
Those are four starter questions to consider before someone asks for an answer.