The Best Leaders Always Ask These Questions

An update via LinkedIn… While exploring potential assignments near the end of my career with the U.S. Navy, I sought out advice from a trusted mentor.

“What’s your goal for the time you have remaining with the Navy?” he asked when we had a chance to sit down for a chat.

When I told him that wasn’t clear yet, he asked another question: “What do you enjoy most?”

“That’s easy,” I told him. “Helping people unleash their potential.”

I’d had the privilege of doing that not only through teaching colleagues how to fly Navy planes but also by leading talented women and men in a variety of assignments over three decades.

“Is unlocking potential the kind of thing you want to focus on in your next job?” he asked.

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