As leaders, you need to be constantly coaching and working to developing your teams, and one of the best ways to do that is by asking questions. We can do this to help build confidence, to identify opportunities and challenges, to help remove doubts and fears.
Everyone can achieve more than they think and you need to be working to remove doubts, calm fears or show people that they have what they need to be successful. Teams often overlook what they have at their fingertips or how close they are to achieving their goals.
Here are 29 questions which you can ask to help start that dialogue to help them realize where they are, to provide them with what they need and help propel them towards their goals.
- "What would need to happen for you to walk away feeling that this was a success?"
- "If you were the bravest version of yourself today, what would you be doing?"
- "What one thing could you do today that would take you nearer to your goal?"
- "What could we be doing less of, that would help us move forward with the current goals?"
- "If I could do one thing to help you right now, what would it be?
- "If you knew you couldn't fail, what would you do now?"
- "What did you learn from this?"
- "What would you do differently next time?
- "What would we need to change for this to become an opportunity, rather than a challenge?"
- "Which of your strengths become a limitation when you exercise it too much?"
- "Who do you need to add to the team to make this a success?"
- "Does this goal scare you or excite you?"
- "When was the last time you were out of your comfort zone and how did that make you feel"?
- "What's the worst thing that can happen if you try and fail?"
- "Have you ever achieved anything like this before?"
- "Do you know of anyone who has achieved something similar?"
- "What do you have that can help you to achieve this goal, and what else do you need to guarantee success?"
- "On a scale of 1 - 10 how confident are you of achieving this goal?"
- "What's stopping you from achieving this goal?"
- "How do you think you will feel if when you achieve this?"
- "What will really make the biggest difference between success and failure?"
- "What does your intuition tell you about this goal?"
- "If this was your own business what would you do now?"
- "What would it take for your to feel 99% comfortable about achieving this goal?"
- "If you were advising someone else on how to achieve this, what would you tell them to do?
- "How committed do you feel to this goal?"
- "What luck do you feel you need in order to be successful?"
- "What's the one thing that will stop this from being successful?"
- "If you could change one thing about the goal what would it be"?
Asking questions of your team helps them feel supported, it builds trust and confidence, all of which are key ingredients in achieving success. Ability is great, but having confidence in that ability can often make all the difference.