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Great leaders ask questions. They are always seeking to learn and grow from others.

In his recent leadership podcast, Andy Stanley looks at the power and influence questions can accomplish. This short talk has stayed with me for days. It is extremely profound, yet refreshingly simple.

Asking questions of ourselves and others do three things for us:

  1. They reveal values.
  2. They reinforce values.
  3. They reinforce behaviors.

But perhaps the greatest questions great leaders ask is the ones they ask of themselves.

Andy shares the story of something Bill Hybels shared with him about decision-making. Hybels when faced with a decision, will ask himself a profound thing.

“What would a Great Leader Do?”

Roads Academy Masterclass, Warwick University, November 2010.

This question accomplishes four things:

  1. This raises the standard of our leadership above the circumstances and emotion of the issue we face. We can make sound decisions rather than those which cater towards the loudest and most immediate need.

If I had a dollar for every person who’s New Year’s Resolution was to read the Bible more, or to pray more, or to _____ more, I would be a wealthy man.

This key extends to all the disciplines in the Christian life, but let’s look at through the lens of reading our Bibles.

How many of us desperately want to read our Bible, but no matter what we try, it doesn’t seem to work?

We lack the motivation to read it, so we don’t. The tyranny of the urgent calls us to do other, more important things. As a result, the Word of God becomes a source of guilt in our lives.

Can you relate to those feelings?

If you say yes, you are in the majority and not the minority. What is the secret to developing such a necessary, but difficult habit?