How am I Doing?

Hardly a day goes by without someone asking me, “How are you doing?” But rarely does anyone walk up and say, “How am I doing?”

Former Governor of New York, Ed Koch, was notorious for asking his supporters, “How am I Doing?” As a result, most people loved him.

If you are looking for a way to take your leadership to the next level, make the question, “How am I doing?” a part of your arsenal.

The key is to foster an environment where people are willing to tell you the truth.

A couple of days ago I wrote about the importance of being a truth-teller, and having a willingness to start with yourself.

If you really want to know, all you have to do is ask . . . “How am I doing?”



Application: Find one person today and ask them the question, “How am I doing?”



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Coach Brown

10 years ago

Real, genuine leadership is transparent and realizes ears and eyes are God-given tools that outnumber the mouth for a reason. Colin Powell in his book about leadership speaks about his willingness that even as the commanding general not only welcomed but also encouraged feedback, from not only staff but also the rank and file who were impacted by his decisions. Great leaders don't need ivory towers, they walk among those they lead to connect and relate... Good commentary Randy.


10 years ago

Thanks Coach!


10 years ago

Sometimes I think we fear asking that question for fear of the answer. We want to know, but we want positive feedback only. We tend to only want to hear the good and not the bad. As a result I think we tend to conveintiently forget to ask that question...
Thanks Randy, I guess I will have to get over it and just ask...


10 years ago

Awesome Jason. Thanks!


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