August 29, 2016

Reminding Myself that Good Leaders Ask Great Questions

Each year our local Chamber of Commerce offers a program which connects high school students with local business leaders. Participating students received 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell. Each week during the program, students delved into Maxwell's book and principles therein. I had the opportunity to speak with some of the students and was really impressed as the students were able to apply the principles in the book to everyday life and their school studies. The lessons learned are sure to come in handy as these students prepare to enter the workforce.

I was introduced to John C. Maxwell's leadership principles a few years ago in a career workshop. You sometimes think those workshops are a waste of time and money. However, I feel I got my money's worth as I still apply some of the principles I learned in that workshop. Developing good leadership skills is important to me because there are times when it's an "If not ME, then WHO" type situation. For example, fundraising activities at my kids' school, at my church or even in some of my volunteer activities. There are times when no one wants to take the lead and I want to be ready to take the helm when needed.

In Maxwell's latest book, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, readers are prompted to ask questions to help them develop and maintain leadership skills. As I mentioned before these are skills which go far outside the workplace as there may be a time when you are needed to lead on a community project. The questions Maxwell asks in his book, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, are practical questions and the answers are quite simple… it's the application of the answers that may be difficult for some of us.

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership is a great read and would make an excellent gift for college students or anyone entering the workforce. I am thinking of gifting a few copies to some volunteers I know as the principles could be applied to our annual fundraising efforts.

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership
John Maxwell, America's #1 leadership authority, has mastered the art of asking questions, using them to learn and grow, connect with people, challenge himself, improve his team, and develop better ideas. Questions have literally changed Maxwell's life. In GOOD LEADERS ASK GREAT QUESTIONS, he shows how they can change yours, teaching why questions are so important, what questions you should ask yourself as a leader, and what questions you should be asking your team.

Maxwell also opened the floodgates and invited people from around the world to ask him any leadership question. He answers seventy of them--the best of the best--including . . .

What are the top skills required to lead people through difficult times?
• How do I get started in leadership?
• How do I motivate an unmotivated person?
• How can I succeed working under poor leadership?
• When is the right time for a successful leader to move on to a new position?
• How do you move people into your inner circle?

No matter whether you are a seasoned leader at the top of your game or a newcomer wanting to take the first steps into leadership, this audiobook will change the way you look at questions and improve your leadership life.

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John Maxwell is available in paperback form in stores nationwide beginning September 2016.

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