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Questions as the Ultimate Leadership Tool

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Questions as the Ultimate Leadership Tool

Excerpted with the permission of the author from Leading with Questions pages 22-23 Another example of a leader who makes effective use of questions is Commander D. Michael Abrashoff.  Through what he calls “Grassroots Leadership,” Commander Abrashoff turned around the operations of the USS Benfold, one of the U.S. Navy’s most modern warships.  His methods were not complex, yet the results were astounding. Under Abrashoff’s twenty-month command, the Benfold operated on 75 percent of its allocated budget, returning $1.4…