4 Questions A Future Ready Leader Needs to Ask Every Day

Aug 07, 2018 1 Min Read


As a leader, there are multiple things fighting for your attention on any given day. Often, the focus is directed towards dealing with what’s right in front of them or putting out fires. Here are four questions that future-ready leaders ask themselves to stay on top of the game:

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What is my main success indicator for today and what will I do to ensure I achieve it? 

Many leaders view success as major wins, big contracts, big collaborations, or recognition for a job well done.

However, a key indicator of success for leaders is helping their teams win big contracts, collaborate more effectively, and earn the recognition they deserve.

Your answer to this question shows your priorities and the impact you hope to make during the day.

What is my long-term game? What is my biggest hope and focus for my team in the next 12, 18, and 24 months? 

This is where future-ready leaders focus on getting results in the now, while keeping an eye on the future.

As a leader, if you are not inspiring yourself with a future goal, you are not inspiring your teams to go with you.

What is the highest paying coaching investment I can make with my team right now? 

Great leaders are constantly thinking about how they can leverage the talent of their team members.

Right now, evaluate your team. What are the areas where you could really invest time, resources, and coaching in order for them to up their game in major ways?

What am I doing today to keep the fire in me burning?  

As leaders, we are subject to drops in motivation just like anybody else. However, it is leaders with the highest levels of stamina and energy who tend to have a greater inspiration and motivation to stay the course through challenges and wins.

What are your ‘stay awake’ strategies? Do you meditate? Do you exercise? Do you listen to inspirational podcasts? Do you have a peer or mentor who gives you pep talks?

We are responsible for our energy state, and as leaders, we must be modelling that fire in us every single day.


Cheryl Cran is a Future of Work and Change Leadership expert, the author of The Art of Change Leadership and founder of Evolutionary Leadership Training. To connect with Cheryl, e-mail us at editor@leaderonomics.com.

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