Daily Questions All Leaders Should Ask Themselves in the Morning

4 questions to ask yourself each morning.

Daily Questions All Leaders Should Ask Themselves in the Morning

Legendary coach John Wooden said, “Make each day your masterpiece.” There is one powerful practice you can begin doing in the morning that will position you for having a productive and successful day. Before anything else you should ask yourself a set of questions. These questions will prepare you for and position to make the most of your day. Here are 4 daily questions all leaders should ask themselves in the morning.

What are my top priorities for today?

There are countless tasks a leader could be working on. Each day you should write out a to-do list of what you need to get done for that day. Start by writing down everything you need to get done for the day then priorities it in order of importance. Chose 1-3 high priority tasks you will start with then the other less important tasks. You might also consider putting a task on the priority list that you have been procrastinating or putting off, but that needs to get done, so you are able to finally mark it off your list. Ask yourself what are the top priorities you need to get done or focus on for the day and get to work on them.

What are the main roles I should be functioning in today?

There are many roles a leader plays. I’ve found there are 7 main roles all great leaders focus on at certain times. They include the roles of:

  • Actively leading
  • Managing
  • Visionary
  • Training
  • Building a strong team
  • Cultivating the culture and environment
  • Producing personal and team results

Depending on the day and what the organization needs at the time, you will have to concentrate on one of those main roles for a period of time. It might be for part of your day, the entire day, or for several weeks. You have to determine when you walk into your office what role or roles you need to focus on for the day. Do you need to spend the day managing the operations side of the business, casting vision, hiring or firing, or training team members? Each morning ask yourself what role you should be functioning in for the majority of the day.

Who can I positivity impact today?

Leaders should intentionally serve and add value to those around them. Each morning think about your team and what they need. Ask yourself how you can specifically help and positively impact them today. For example: can you offer a discouraged staff member encouragement, offering to help someone who is struggling with their heavy workload, or simply being present during demanding time and showing your support? Take some time each morning to think about the people in your office and what they might need. Then do what you can to impact them for the positive.

How will I grow myself today?

The best and most successful leaders have a personal growth plan and daily implement the plan into their life. You can prepare for growth in the morning by asking yourself:

  • Who will you encounter or be around today that you can ask questions and learn from?
  • What are the specific growth content I have available and can learn from today (like a book or audio lesson)?
  • When will I implement my personal growth plan (will it be before or after work or during a break)?
  • Where are the potential places I will go where I have the opportunity to learn something new (in a meeting, talking with a client, or around the office)?

Growth does not just happen. You have to prepare and plan for it in the morning if you want to always be growing yourself. Ask yourself how you will grow today?

Questions: Can you add to the list? What questions do you ask yourself each morning?

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  • Excellent article Dan. I am always aware of the power of questions in our daily life (personally I have more questions than answers) and your 4-question set is similar with my daily functions. But before you embark to a journey to learn yourself and impact positively other people I usually suggest a first “good” introduction with yourself to see your pros and cons and see who you are, where you want to go and how far are you! One of the tools I usually suggest to help you understand more of yourself is the Enneagram of Personality[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enneagram_of_Personality] to help you realize who you are and what you want to do with your life. Excellent post Dan!

    • Hi Takis,

      Questions are essential. Great suggestion, knowing yourself is important. Thank you for the suggestion, I’ll check it out!