3 Questions Great Leaders Ask to Achieve Winning Teams

Legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt accrued 1,098 career wins– the third most in women’s basketball history. She served as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974 to 2012.

When her teams would come in half time, she would gather her team in a semicircle around a whiteboard that had three questions written on it:

  1. What did we do right in the first half?
  2. What did we do wrong?
  3. What do we need to change?
She explained:
“Too many leaders lead by assumption. They assume they know where their people are. These 3 simple questions allow me to find my players so I can lead them. That can only be done by asking questions and listening to their answers.”

I encourage you to make the shift from a directing leader to a connecting leader. You’ll gain valuable loyalty, motivation, and a deep desire to win.

Here’s to connecting!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.