Leading Strong PT 2. Tough Questions

I love getting people riled up!

What I should be saying is I love to get people thinking. I love to get my team to think outside of the box, beyond what they can imagine and help them find better solutions to bigger and more important tasks.

How have I been doing it? Asking Tough Questions……

Jesus was the perfect example of asking tough questions look at some of these….

  • “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions…” (The boy Jesus in the temple, Luke 2:46)
  • “But who do you say that I am?” (Peter’s great confession, Luke 9:20)
  • “What do you seek?” (To the disciples of John who followed him, John 1:38)
  • “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” (To the woman caught in adultery, John 8:10)
  • “What is written in the law? How do you read?” (Jesus replies to a lawyer who puts him to the test, Luke 10:26)
  • “Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk?’” (At the healing of the paralytic, Luke 5:23)
  • “Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man…?” (The Good Samaritan, Luke 10:36)
  • “I ask you, is it lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” (Healing on the Sabbath, Luke 6:9)

When my team has looked at the situation to a certain depth, but with that level of information, they can’t come up with a workable solution. I often begin to ask tough questions.

The bigger the question, the more ways it can be answered.

Your questions must be carefully constructed to create a climate for free exploration. Below are three characteristics of great probing questions:

They use the words your team is already using
They are crisp and concise
They are neutral

Here are a few of my favorites
  • How does that decision align with your values?
  • Sounds interesting. How does it work?
  • What’s behind this? If making this change was easy, you ‘d have done it already and without my help.
  • What makes it difficult?
  • Why is this important to you?

What are your thoughts on how to Lead Strong?

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