Most leaders are supportive, encouraging, charismatic and motivated. They usually have some unique skills and valuable experiences to bring to the table.

But what makes some leaders come to the forefront?

The first step in becoming an outstanding leader is by asking your employees three simple questions.


1. How Can I Help?

In a leadership or management role you have direct reports that help you. They follow your lead and obey your directions in order to push your department toward its objective.

But, the best leaders go beyond thinking about what their employees can do for them and push themselves to ask how they can turn around and help their employees.

Offering assistance with something small or something big, the most memorable and impactful leaders recognize the fact their working relationships need to be a two-way street.

An outstanding leader knows that their direct reports shouldn’t just do all of their bidding without anything in return!


2. What Do You Think?

Even though you are the manager and you more in likely have more experience in a certain area than the people who work under you. Which means you give final say on specific matters.

However, that doesn’t mean you should never ask your employees for their own thoughts, opinions and suggestions. Encouraging your direct reports to chime in makes them feel heard, valued and recognized.

Even if you don’t end up taking the route that’s suggested by an employee, it still never hurts to ask them to speak up and provide input. All the of the best leaders do.


3. What Can I Do Better?

You give your employees plenty of feedback to help them improve. But, the most impactful leaders recognize the importance of turning that around and asking for constructive criticism about how they can be better.

The feedback and insights given can help change, grow and ultimately help you lead your employees better.

The most effective leaders don’t deny or become defensive in the face of criticism. In fact, they thrive on it.

Every leader wants to become better. If you get started with these three questions you will be well on your way.