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3 Questions Leaders Should Ask Every Employee

Leaders worth following are people that understand there is always room for improvement. One of the best places to learn where to improve is your own employees.

The end of the year is often when leaders do reviews and have yearly (or quarterly) conversations with every employee (and if you’re not doing that, it’s time to start). Leaving these meetings open-ended can oftentimes leave things left unsaid. When you get specific with your questions, you get specific answers.

Handler team sitting around conference table discussing questions leaders should ask

3 questions leaders should ask every single one of their employees:

  1. What do you want me to stop doing?
  2. What do you want me to start doing?
  3. What do you want me to keep doing?

This is known as the stop, start, keep method (or the stop, start, continue method) and has been very effective for leaders. Have the employee give you 3 bullet points for each question. 

Asking these specific questions is a great way to get conversations started. It gives your employees the chance to reflect on recent activities and work and share what worked well and what didn’t. It’s also a great way to give them the opportunity to share new ideas.

Leaders can learn a lot from their employees, but only if you ask. Start with these 3 questions and see where it takes you. I bet you’ll learn a lot.