A while back Seth Godin asked seven questions for leaders. I figured I would share my answers.
1. Do you let the facts get in the way of a good story?
Not as much as I used to. I like stories and think they are one of the most powerful tools a leader has to motivate people to action for a purpose. It is important to remain integrity so if the facts start straying too far from the reality of the story it can do more damage than good.
2. What do you do with people who disagree with you… do you call them names in order to shut them down?
I generally raise my voice and get in passionate disagreement, but I do not call them names. However, most people do shut down in heated arguments so often times I can have the same effect. I hate it. It is something I am working on getting better about.
3. Are you open to multiple points of view or you demand compliance and uniformity?
I am completely open to multiple points of view if they are based in fact, share the same underlying values and support the purpose of what is at hand.
[Bonus: Are you willing to walk away from a project or customer or employee who has values that don’t match yours?]
4. Is it okay if someone else gets the credit?
I love seeing someone else get the credit. I don’t like the spotlight. I like the challenge. Completing it is my reward, not the credit. However, I still struggle with people giving themselves credit in situations where they didn’t even contribute or worse actually were distracting from the goal.
5. How often are you able to change your position?
As often as necessary to get things done. I like to say the destination remains the same, but the path for getting there might change several times in order to make the journey successful.
6. Do you have a goal that can be reached in multiple ways?
See question 5. I like to find the purpose and contribute to setting the values, then the journey of getting there is all on those involved. Because of that the path to get there is completely up for grabs.
7. If someone else can get us there faster, are you willing to let them?
As long as they won’t compromise the purpose or violate the values.