What’s In Your Wake? 3 Questions to Assess Your Impact

For good or for bad, we’re always influencing. What are you leaving in your wake? Here are three questions (and a few follow ups) to consider for a quick leadership litmus test.

Are you influencing the culture for the better or worse?

A great company culture takes a long time to build and a short time to damage. Are you contributing to the improvement or decline in your company’s culture? How are you leaving teams, projects, and colleagues better off from your involvement?

Do you explain or blame?

Every leader faces challenges, not all leaders are adept at working through them. The Question Behind the Question is a favorite quick read that is effective at teaching leaders and teams how to ask “what” and “how” questions that pertain to me rather than “who” and “why” questions that shift blame.

How are your relationships at work?

Do your colleagues seek you out or avoid you?  Are you respected or tolerated? Do your teammates know you have their back? Are you included in projects because of the value you bring or the title you bear?

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