If you have had any amount of interaction with Leadership Systems, Inc, you probably know how highly we value using questions in leadership! From a small business owner to the "Miracle On The Hudson" pilot Captain Sully to the mom at the breakfast table talking to her son.... we believe that the practice of asking great questions is one that can transform your leadership and coaching!
On this day we celebrate the life and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, and one of his many famous quotes always stands out to us at LSI:
"LIFE'S MOST PERSISTENT AND URGENT QUESTION IS THIS:
WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR OTHERS?"
This question is as important today as it was in 1957 when Dr. King challenged a crowd in Montgomery, Alabama. It is a question that is deeply personal as it urges us to focus on our individual involvement with our neighbors as well as it is widely collective in it's encouragement to be involved in our community. It combines the sentiments of Jesus in the New Testament telling followers to treat the "least of these" as if they were serving him with the selflessness and altruism that has made America the most giving nation in history.
But for just a moment, let's allow this powerful question to cross into your experience within your organization:
Consider your role at your company...what are you doing for others?
Consider your clients...what are you doing for others?
Consider your boss or shareholders...what are you doing for others?
Consider your employees...what are you doing for others?
Today, I encourage you to take this challenge from Dr. King and make it personal. But I would also like to ask you to make it corporate... what would your organization look like if it had this attitude every day?
On this Day Of Service, let's remember to ask just a little more of ourselves than normal. And then let that attitude become our new normal.