by Per Mattsson, Certified Two-Brain Fitness Business Mentor
How are you doing and how are you being perceived?
When it comes to financials, you know how you are doing by tracking metrics and numbers.
When it comes to relationships and leadership, you don’t really have any numbers to review. Instead of guessing, you need to start asking questions. If you are brave enough to ask for feedback, you’ll find many opportunities to grow as a person.
So what kind of questions can you ask if you want more and better feedback? Here are some very good ones:
1. What have I done that has had the most positive impact on you and/or your team?
2. What energizes you to work with me?
3. In which projects and roles am I most successful—and why?
4. What habit should I erase—and why?
5. What was my most significant mistake or misstep this year? What could I have done to handle the situation differently?
6. In this next year, what would you like me to do more or less often?
7. What opportunity have I missed to grow in my role this year?
8. What do you wish I did differently?
9. How can I better spend my time in the coming year?
10. What new skill do I need to take my performance to the next level?
Bonus question for the brave ones: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you grade the quality of our relationship right now?
Important note: Everyone in your organization should have the courage to ask these questions. So how do you get to that point? I would recommend you start by showing the way. Pick some or all of the questions above and throw yourself out there.
If you hesitate to do so, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”
Learning what to change about yourself takes courage and curiosity. But doing so also builds your reputation. By learning what to change to improve yourself and then taking action, you’ll increase your performance and your effectiveness as a leader.