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A Checklist Every Leader Should Be Thinking About

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As Jack Stack says, “One of the challenges in leadership is you need to know when to push, when to hug, when to cheer, when to boo, and when to kick people in the butt.”  For any individual in a leadership role, there are endless responsibilities, people and tasks to keep in order.

We've compiled a checklist of tips and questions to help our Great Game leaders reflect on their leadership styles and stay on track. Check out our best practices for GGOB leaders below! 

The Role of a Leader Checklist

  • Establish structure.

  • Push to get at the stories behind the numbers.

  • Focus communication on what’s required to meet the goal and improve the score.

  • Make sure people give you the reality.

  • Get commitments and establish accountability.

  • Help remove the roadblocks and clear the path.

  • Offer help without removing responsibility.

  • Recognize and celebrate the wins, big or small.

  • Recognize and highlight opportunities.

  • Encourage participation and questions from all.

  • Be prepared to learn, teach and be involved.

  • Be consistent and respect everyone.

  • Ask pertinent and stimulating questions to bring out the stories.

  • Be a good listener and clarify for all.

  • Remember, you don’t have all the answers.

  • Remember, the Huddle is for the team, not you.

  • Fire up the troops – by creating a balance between learning, accountability, recognition, and a little fun.


Regardless of how you currently lead, to go ‘open-book’ requires you to reflect on not only your style of workplace leadership, but also how you will develop others as your organization grows. Think about these questions and how they apply to you as a Great Game leader:

  • When I ask for someone to do things, do I tell them the reasons and invite suggestions?
  • Do I encourage people to learn skills outside of their immediate area of responsibility?
  • Do I give credit and praise when people take responsibility or put in extra effort?
  • If people want extra training, do I help them find how to get it or arrange it?
  • Am I available for people to suggest their concerns or suggestions?
  • Do I make sure that people know what the company's goals are?
  • Do I make sure that people know how the company is performing on a regular basis?

Questions based on tools by Alan Chapman

Topics: Leadership

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Our approach to running a company was developed to help close one of the biggest gaps in business: the gap between managers and employees. We call our open-book approach The Great Game of Business. What lies at the heart of The Game is a very simple proposition: The best, most efficient, most profitable way to operate a business is to give everybody in the company a voice in saying how the company is run and a stake in the outcome. Let us teach you how to develop a culture of ownership, where employees think, act and feel like owners.