Hyatt writes about Smith, "What really impressed me was how thoroughly prepared he was. Michael asked great, thoughtful questions. In fact, the questions were so good that I asked him for permission to post them here. I have printed this list out and put it in my Moleskine notebook. The next time I am with a leader I respect, I can pop out this list and start interviewing."
I saw the list on Michael Hyatt's blog. I liked his list of questions. And they prompted me to tweak his questions to develop a list of questions a church planter might want to ask other leaders – particularly a business or ministry leader who started something from scratch.
So, here they are:
1. Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as an entrepreneur? Why and how did this person impact your life?
2. What are the most important decisions you make as an entrepreneurial leader of your organization?
3. As an organization gets larger there can be a tendency for the demands of the “institution” to distract from the “inspiration.” How do you keep this from happening?
4. How do you encourage creative, aggressive thinking within your organization?
5. Where do the greatest ideas come from in your organization?
6. How do you use specific times to cast vision to your employees and other leaders?
7. How do you ensure your organization and its activities are aligned with your “core values”?
8. How do you help a new staff member understand the culture of your organization?
9. What is one characteristic that you believe every catalytic leader should possess?
10. What is the biggest challenge facing leaders of start-ups today?
11.What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader?
12. What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as an entrepreneurial leader?
Learn from the leaders around you. Ask these questions. And others. Write down the answers in your own leadership journal.