Great leaders are exceptional developers of talent! Here are 30 questions to foster excitement, engagement, motivation, and clarity in others.

Use regularly to help others think through their own opportunities and challenges and, decide upon their own best path forward. Use with your direct reports, your peers, your boss, and your clients. Ask these of your spouse and children. Listen and pay attention to all others learn about themselves in your presence. Enjoy!


Obtain a .pdf version here: 30-great-coaching-questions-susannebiro-com

Coaching for Discovery:

  1. How can we use our time today so that it benefits you the most?
  2. What is the most important thing you and I could be discussing?
  3. What matters most to you right now?
  4. What is your BIG dream? Paint me a picture!
  5. What excites (and scares) you most about the future?
  6. What is your ideal personal and professional reputation?
  7. When you are at your best, what are you doing?
  8. Who inspires you and why?
  9. Where are you currently doing your best work?
  10. What would be an exceptional outcome from our time today? By the end of the month? In six months? At year end?

Coaching for Creation:

  1. What consumes most of your attention these days?
  2. What important thing have you learned about yourself recently?
  3. Which relationships feed you? Which deplete you?
  4. What one thing most impedes your performance?
  5. What one personal change will result in the biggest benefit?
  6. What is an entirely different way to see your situation?
  7. How do others describe your potential?
  8. What old habits and thoughts no longer serve you?
  9. What new skills will provide the biggest personal payoff?
  10. What is the most exciting outcome you can imagine?

Coaching for Commitment:

  1. If you felt powerful, what would you do?
  2. What promises will you make to yourself?
  3. What actions do you need to take?
  4. What will be different this time?
  5. Do you trust yourself enough to follow through?
  6. How can you better apply your greatest strengths?
  7. What do you want or need from others?
  8. What sacrifices are you prepared to make?
  9. What difficult conversation do you need to have? How are you best to have it?
  10. What is the price of not changing?

Photo courtesy of Lori McCallum Hansen

About the Author

Susanne Biro is a coach to C-suite and executive level leaders. She is the founder of Inner Life Leadership, an app for business professionals who want to reach an unprecedented level of personal understanding and corresponding leadership (and life) success. Susanne is an author, executive development program designer, facilitator, Forbes & CEO Magazine contributing writer, and a TEDx and keynote speaker.

For over two decades, Susanne has worked internationally with senior-level leaders in some of the world’s best companies. Whether coaching one-on-one or authoring, designing, and delivering leadership programs, her passion is the same: to help leaders reach their next level.

Susanne can be reached at 604.864.5408 or via email at


Our world has changed, rapidly and in unexpected ways. As the crisis hit, I offered and held pro bono sessions with leaders from around the world. And I want to continue to do what I can to help. As a result, I now offer hourly sessions to ensure leaders everywhere can quickly get the perspective, clarity and focus they need to lead themselves, and therefore others, well during these challenging and uncertain times.

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