7 Surprising Questions to Measure Your Leadership

You can’t know how you’re doing until you’re measured.

Evaluation might feel uncomfortable, but the alternative is self-deception, lost potential, and mediocrity.

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7 surprising questions to measure your leadership:

  1. How are you becoming dispensable?
    • Create systems that function without you.
    • Give control with accountability.
    • Develop vision as a team, not an individual.
    • Build redundant talent. Cross-train and rotate jobs.
  2. How are you making it safe for teammates to speak truth to power?
    • Listen calmly.
    • Honor constructive dissent.
    • Lower the volume of your voice.
    • Smile.
    • Avoid power positions. Sit in lower seats.
  3. How are you expanding organizational capacity?
    • What have you recently let go?
    • What have you learned from failure?
    • Who are you mentoring?
  4. How are you learning?
    • What are teammates teaching you? You aren’t smarter than everyone on your team, are you?
    • What are you reading?
    • How are you connecting with people that excel beyond your achievements?
  5. How are you making yourself accountable to those you serve?
    • Complete this sentence. “I’m accountable to _______ (insert a behavior) my employees.
    • My team members know I’m accountable to them because I _______.
    • What character quality are you developing? Who’s asking you about it?
  6. How are you actively seeking feedback?
    • Open yourself to 360 degree evaluations. What might those closest to you say, if they were completely safe?
    • Don’t tell teammates what you’re doing. Ask them to explain your goals and priorities based on your behaviors.
    • What questions do you ask others about your leadership?
  7. How are you making others feel powerful?
    • Trust people to take on big challenges.
    • Provide coaching and training.
    • Focus more on maximizing strengths than fixing weaknesses.
    • Connect their values to leadership roles and goals.


  1. Confronts self-deception.
  2. Minimizes waste.
  3. Expands potential.
  4. Identifies capacity.
  5. Invites development.

How might leaders evaluate their leadership?