The Six Best Questions To Ask Your Direct Reports

To help you bring out the best in your team, you need to get close and understand their skills, abilities, and motivations. So, the authors of the book, Your First Leadership Job, recommend you hold getting-to-know-you conversations with each of your direct reports.

Ask these open-ended questions. Let each team member know the purpose of the meeting in advance. And, don't cheat by adding in work-specific questions.
  1. What do you enjoy doing most as part of your work? Why?
  2. What do you  miss most about the jobs you've had in the past? Why?
  3. What things about your current job do you enjoy the least? Why?
  4. How do you cope with or relieve stress?
  5. To help you do your job, what could I change about: Your work environment? The content of your work? How you get your work done?
  6. What form of recognition do you prefer or not prefer?
Thank you to the book's publisher for sending me a copy of the book.

Comments

  1. These are good questions. My favorites are:
    1. What's on your mind?
    2. How can I help?

    I find they result in more real, less scripted answers, because people aren't trying to craft a full, coherent narrative story for you. They're also less directive, which I find gives the other person more leeway in where they choose to take the conversation. And, they can be used many times with the same person.

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