Ask Me A Leadership Question (and win!)

Asking great questions is an essential part of effective leadership.

Good leaders may have the answers (or they may not). But, great leaders don’t necessarily share their own solutions to problems straight away.

Instead, they ask questions. Questions which are derived from listening with full intent. And questions which empower their teams to form their own answers – building their team’s confidence and capabilities along the way.

With that in mind, I have decided to start a regular feature at The Leader’s Digest, where I will dedicate an entire blog post to exploring (and hopefully answering) one of your leadership questions.

A big disclaimer here – I do not espouse to be an expert on leadership, but given it’s what I live, breathe and research all day long, I can share with you what I have learned vicariously, collective wisdom and research, as well as musings from my own meandering, stumbling leadership journey and coaching practice.

So, what burning management or leadership question are you grappling with?

What would you like to know more about, as you look down the barrel of 2014?

The question can be anything relating to the wide world of leadership development / management.

If your question is selected you will win a copy of my favourite leadership book of the moment – this month the book is Heart to Start by Derek Handley. 

What would you like to ask me? 

Leave your leadership question in the comments section below and you’ll automatically go in the draw to win!


  1. Bobbi on January 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

    1. With commercial globalization and the increased number of leaders/managers being remote from their direct reports; what changes (if any) do you think leaders will need to make, to ensure their leadership is effective? Are there unique competencies required by those leaders who lead remote teams?

    2. As businesses grapple with rapidly changing technology and the ability to work from any location; are you seeing any trends around more remote leadership? If yes, what impact (if any) is this having on the success of the businesses?

  2. Lynne on January 13, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Hi Suzie,
    One of the questions that always come to mind for me with leadership is that we often hear the phrase around he/she was a fair weather leader (not sure that’s possible?) or he/she was a leader for their times often of tremendous crisis e.g. Churchill in WW2 .
    What is the balance for a leader between the vulnerability of being human and showing it,especially in the tougher times, with the need to inspire confidence and belief? Do they, can they go hand in hand? What examples can you give of leaders and/or behaviours that demonstrate this balance?

  3. Melissa Munro on January 12, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Hello Suzi, I have noticed that if an employee feels ‘connected’ to the greater good of the organisation this can lead to increased levels of motivation, enthusiasm, and other positive side effects such as creativity. Establishing this connection requires good core values within an organisation, and good communication of those core values. How do other leaders you know communicate these core values? And how do they encourage others within the organisation to communicate core values?

    • The Leader's Digest on January 12, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Great question – thanks Melissa.

      • Phill on January 13, 2014 at 1:08 am

        Hi Suzi, coming from a sporting back ground and now moving into a corporate occupation which involves a portion of coaching to help team members achieve their targets and goals. Question: What would the top three things be that you suggest I focus on to get the best out of my new team and help them achieve?

        • The Leader's Digest on January 13, 2014 at 1:45 am

          Nice to hear from you Phil – and thanks for your great question!

  4. adamgdriscoll on January 10, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Hello Suzi, I’m really enjoying your blog. I think one of the things I continue to wrestle with as a coach-in-training is motivating for change. I’ve read Kotter’s work on Change and Patterson & company’s fantastic book Influencer, but I sense there continues to be an ongoing reality that for some people and organizations there is an immunity to change. Even when organizational or tragically an individual is facing potential death. My question: What ‘tactics’ have you employed and where do you begin when it comes to nurturing a motivation for change in a person or team setting?

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Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of the award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in a variety of roles. Her experience has included being a head-hunter, an executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm. Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand.

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