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3 questions leaders should ask

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Harvard business professor Das Narayandas uses a case study to kick off his Program for Leadership Development. But the answers he’s looking for could come from any case study anywhere.

He wants answers to these three questions:
  1. “What do you want to do in this circumstance?”

  2. “Why?”

  3. “What troubles you about your plan?”
“The reason why I’m asking you to do it that way,” Narayandas says, “is that it’s a way to build up the unique characteristics of a leader.

“A leader has vision: ‘Here’s what we’re going to do.’

“A leader has reason: ‘Here’s why we’re going to do it.’

“And a leader has concerns. Every journey is fraught with issues and troubles. A good leader is someone who anticipates them.”

“People like to follow people who have vision,” Narayandas adds. “People like to follow leaders who can explain why we’re doing something. And people like to follow people who have said: ‘You know what? It’s not going to be an easy journey. We’re going to have a lot of adversity, but here’s why I think we can get it done.’”

—Adapted from “Grooming Next-Generation Leaders,” Martha Lagace, HBS Working Knowledge, http://hbswk.hbs.edu.

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