Posted by Julie • April 15, 2022 (Last modified May 12, 2023) • 4 min read
Today in one of my CEO peer groups, a fellow leader posed a question: How do you survey your internal leadership teams for feedback? What do you ask? What are great performance review questions for leaders?
What a great question for someone who is always looking for the best annual review questions, questions to ask during reviews, and more as part of performance management. Commonly on performance reviews, organizations will ask something like:
I think there are more interesting questions we can ask both leaders and contributors that spark meaningful dialogue in our mid-year reviews and end of year reviews. I wanted to share some of the ideas that came forward, as it’s great collective wisdom from peers!
Tony York of Paladin Security likes to ask this when meeting with leaders:
Tony really liked this employee annual review question, from his list:
Tony says, “It was very helpful in identifying hi-po’s (high potentials) in the organization and always resulted in me meeting with that individual as well, because it is conversational and always leads to interesting discussions.” This is a great mid-year review question to help understand where teams are going.
Joe Bonnell of Alchemy Security is thinking about these annual review questions to ask his leaders:
Dan Igoe, of Pure Brand, likes Joe’s questions, and reminds the group that an important question to ask ourselves, no matter what questions we ask our leaders, is how we will use the data gathered from each question.
Dan recounts, “One of the tricks a mentor told me was to take the survey yourself first to see if you would have any hesitation or bias in your answers if you had to share it with one of your team members….and even better, to actually commit to share your responses with a team member before taking the survey. If you do feel hesitation or bias, you may find yourself needing to tweak the question to get the data you will actually use with confidence.” Great advice, Dan.
At Trakstar, I ask these questions, and both the leader and I answer the same questions to check alignment.
Good luck, enjoy your conversations and the learning you will gather from the responses! Don’t forget to use these employee peer review questions to start greater questions.
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