Posted by: Marty Fahncke | June 12, 2008

6 questions leaders ask themselves

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Yesterday, I was on the phone with speaker and author Mark Sanborn creating an audio information product on the topic of “Leadership”.


Over the 90 minute duration of the recording, he shared many great leadership strategies and nuggets of wisdom.


One of these ideas in particular really hit home, and he gave me permission to share it with you.


The six questions a true leader will ask themselves each day:


1. What needs to be fixed? 

2. Am I passionate about fixing it?
3. Who needs my attention? 

4. Am I passionate about giving it to them?

5. What needs to be improved? 

6. Am I passionate about improving it?


Simple, yet profound.


I really believe that if you start each day asking yourself these questions, at the end of the day, you will accomplish more, make a bigger impact, and be a better leader. 


What do you think?


  1. It was great working with you, Marty. Thanks for sharing the questions on your blog.

  2. Profound, yes. Helps to stretch the brain a bit, that’s for sure!

    Another question all leader’s, or aspiring leaders, should ask themselves:

    “Am I willing to accept responsibility?”

    Corporate is SO wounded because leaders want the authority but not the responsibility. It’s sad.

    And maddening.

  3. @Mark I enjoyed working with you as well. Can’t wait for the product to be complete. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. @Stephanie – Very good point. However, I think if a person is even willing to ask themselves these questions, they have already proven their willingness to accept responsibility.

  5. These questions are not only great for the ‘business’ world to adhere to, but for each one of us to focus on each and every day in every aspect of our lives.

  6. @GayeLyn – You are absolutely correct….thanks for pointing that out!

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