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Understanding the Importance of the Question, Why?



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As people, we often do a really good job of answering questions like How? and What?; however, we don’t ask ourselves Why? nearly enough. And answering the question Why? is fundamental to everything else. Why is the foundation for purpose, and purpose is the launching pad for success in life, business and leadership!

If I were to ask you, “Why do you do what you do?” Would you be able to answer me without hesitation? Or would you struggle a bit? You see, without a clearly defined Why, we often find ourselves simply “going through the motions” on the “hamster wheel of life,” without any clarity and direction.

And it’s the same in business and leadership too! How could your career, your workplace, your organization, or your ability to lead be different if you focused more time answering the Why in lieu of the How and the What? I assure you. It would be transformational.

Do you understand the importance of Why? Leadership expert, Simon Sinek, believes the question is so important that he wrote an entire book on the subject titled, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action.


Nathan R Mitchell is America’s Leading Empowerment CoachTM  and the Editor of Leadership Addict. In 2010 he founded the business and leadership development company, Clutch Consulting. Nathan is also a Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach with The John Maxwell Team. Originally from Springfield Missouri, Nathan earned his B.S. Degree in Management and an MBA from Missouri State University. Currently, he lives near Tulsa Oklahoma with his wife and children. His purpose in life is to empower others to lead to their full leadership potential.


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