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Leadership is often learned. While there are some natural born leaders, it is something that takes practice, constructive criticism, and a great deal of self-reflection. That is why the following list of the four questions that all leaders should be able to answer have been compiled. They are, in no particular order, as follows:
  • What Is Your Leadership Philosophy?
  • What Are Some Actions That Will Receive Negative Reinforcement?
  • What Can I Expect From You?
  • What Is Expected Of Me?

What Is Your Leadership Philosophy?

If a leader doesn’t fully understand what their own leadership philosophy is, then how can employees expect them to be a productive leader. Leaders who operate very loosely and handle things on a case by case basis often find that their employees have lost confidence in their ability to effectively lead.

What Are Some Actions That Will Receive Negative Reinforcement?

Every leader is different. It is not unreasonable to expect one boss to operate entirely differently than a previous boss. For this reason, it is imperative to make sure you are able to clearly explain some actions that employees might take that could make them receive some negative reinforcement. Being clear about what is and is not tolerated in the workplace leaves no room for ambiguous questions down the line.

What Can I Expect From You?

Although an employee ultimately answers to the leader of the company, it is not unreasonable for them to ask what can be expected of their boss. Keeping lines of communication open between employees and their superiors is one of the most important aspects of the workplace environment. If it is made clear up front what to expect out of a boss, employees will be much more willing to abide by company rules.

What Is Expected Of Me?

Perhaps the most important question on this list, leaders should always be able to answer what is expected of their employees. If a clear work plan is worked out, there will be no room for questions or confusion in the future. Communication expectations is not a one-time event. Instead, employees should be regularly reminded of the tasks at hand when objectives are not met and be positively reinforced when they go above and beyond their basic set of duties.