13 Courageous Questions from the 2013 Global Leadership Summit

NO = Next OpportunityI recently attended the 2013 Global Leadership Summit in Chicago. This was a phenomenal two-day experience where world-class leaders across all walks of life taught, challenged and encouraged the thousands of us who attended.

Here are some penetrating questions their teaching provoked for me. Ask them of yourself – if you dare:

Leading Myself

  1. Is fear holding me back from doing something I am called to do? (Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Church and host of the Summit)
  2. When is the last time I really put myself out there and then had a vulnerability hangover? (Dr. Brene Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent and Lead)
  3. How can I move from the Scissors Jump to the Fosbury Flop – i.e. from making the present approach more efficient to creating a totally new future? (Vijay Govindarajan, Reverse Innovation)

My Attitude

  1. When things get difficult, do I let negativity take me on a downward spiral? (Dr. Henry Cloud, Boundaries for Leaders)
  2. When I am convinced I must move forward with my great idea but run into a “NO,” do I reframe it as ‘Next Opportunity’ and press on? (Mark Burnett, Executive Producer of Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Bible)
  3. When under pressure and opposition, am I willing to stand firm in hope and faith? (Andy Stanley, North Point Church, Deep and Wide)

My View Towards Others

  1. Would people say that I view them with dignity and appreciation? (Colin Powell, retired General and US Secretary of State)
  2. Do I see people for who they are becoming? (Bob Goff, Love Does)

Motivating and Influencing

  1. Do I help others find meaning and relevance in their jobs? (Patrick Lencioni, How to Lose Your Best People)
  2. How can I help make bad behavior harder and conscious and good behavior easier and more enjoyable? (Joseph Grenny, Influencer: the Power to Change Anything)

Investing in Others

  1. Am I leading like the genius or the genius-maker? (Liz Wiseman, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter)
  2. Am I humble enough to help others rise above me? (Chris Brown, North Coast Church)
  3. Who are the budding next-generation leaders that I am intentionally and personally developing? (Oscar Muriu, Nairobi Chapel, Kenya)

If you had the courage to ask yourself these questions, good for you. Now for something really brave … Answer the one that hit you between the eyes and take the step that follows.

Joe Baker is a Partner with PeopleResults. He helps executive leaders and their teams ask and answer courageous questions. You can reach him at jbaker@www.people-results.com or on Twitter @JoeBakerJr.