Questions To Ask Your People As A New Team Leader

When you start a new position as a leader with new team members, one of the first things you should do is to connect with each individual. This allows you to start building a relationship and trust with them. It will also give you an idea of who they are and their role on the team.

This is important to do because your team members will not buy into you or your vision without knowing you have their best interest in mind. It comes down to people feeling and knowing they are valued and cared for. It is true when John Maxwell says, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” This all starts with connecting with your people. This can be done by sitting down with each individual and asking them questions. Some of the questions you might want to ask are,

  • What has been your greatest contribution on the team?
  • What was your greatest mistake while on the team?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Do you still want to be a part of the team?
  • Where do you see yourself within the organization and team in the next 5 years?
  • What training would allow you to become better at your current position?
  • Who has influenced or impacted your life?
  • What is the current condition of the team?
  • What are your passions?
  • What would you change within the team or organization?
  • If you had the choice would you stay in your current position or choose to move to another position on the team?

Asking these questions will allow you to connect and understand each individual and where the team is at.

Question: How do you connect with a new team or someone who has just joined your team?



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  • I personally try to go out to lunch or dinner with them and just get to know them as a person apart from the organization. I do ask some questions regarding the organization – like what they would like to see, what their passion is, etc – but I try and focus more on their personal life rather than their role in the organization.

    • Danblackonleadership

      Knowing your team members outside of their position or role is key. Great point. I think doing this allows you to begin a positive relationship with them. Thank you for sharing.

  • Marc Millan

    Great post Dan, this is a humble and mature approach for a new leader, some leaders get in and start changing things right away without having any inquiries at all. I love this question the most – “What is the current condition of the team?”_THis question reveals if the team is afraid to speak openly, if they trust each other or if there is a culture of fear, which means you will have to discover everything the hard way.

    • Danblackonleadership

      Thank you Marc. Great point about knowing the condition of the team. The key is to understand where the team and each individual is at before changing anything. Which might first need to start with building trust and setting the example. Thank you for sharing.

  • Joshua Lee Henry

    Great questions Dan. I’ve always believed that the best way to learn about someone is by asking them questions. When I am coaching some of the guys I’m mentoring in leadership, one of the first questions I always ask is “what are you afraid of?” This inquiry gets to their biggest fears and where they are most vulnerable.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read this past post (I thought no one read these:) That’s a great additional question, when we know their fears, it’s our job to help them move through and past them. Thank you for reading and sharing.