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How can we inspire young leaders? Here's some words to start them talking:

  1. Why aren’t you asking for feedback?
  2. Tell me who you want to become in behavioral terms.
  3. Why do you matter?
  4. Tell me what you expect from yourself.
  5. Pursue clarity by asking more questions.
  6. Don’t let old leaders beat the dream out of you.
  7. Stop talking – do something. Old leaders think you want success on a platter. Prove them wrong.
  8. Tell me where you’re going. How will you know when you get there?
  9. You’re acting like an idiot.
  10. Stop dreaming about moving on. Changing geography doesn’t change you. The personal struggles you run from today, will meet you somewhere else tomorrow.
  11. What’s the next step?
  12. What are you learning?
  13. Tell me what you’ll do differently, next time.
  14. Try again.
  15. Which option feels good to you? What feels good about it?
  16. You’re great at….
  17. How do your strengths apply to this situation? When experienced leaders focus on fixing weaknesses and neglect strengths they become unwitting enemy. Friendly fire kills young leaders.
  18. How are you helping others succeed?
  19. How can you connect with the team?
  20. Where do you fit in?
  21. What did you do, today, to bring out the best in someone else?
  22. What frustrates you? Frustration points to ineffective strategies and methods.
  23. Do difficult stuff. Ease is the enemy.
  24. What should you stop?
  25. How will you know if you succeed?
  26. Stop whining. Make it better.
  27. Tell me what’s important, today. How does that build the future?
  28. The quickest way to earn respect is by solving a big problem that everyone hates, but no one wants to deal with. (Tip: solve it with others, not on your own.)
  29. You have more in you.
  30. What can I do for you?
  31. I believe in you.
  32. What are you waiting for?
  33. Which of these things do you need to say to a young leader, today?

What would you add to the list?

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