“Leadership is not as much about knowing the right answers, as it is about knowing the right questions.”
“Questions are the golden keys that unlock hearts and minds.”
You are probably familiar with A.A. – Alcoholics Anonymous. Well, T.A. stands for “Tellers Anonymous!”
I have an addiction – I am addicted to telling! At T.A. meetings I stand up and introduce myself: “My name is Bob and I am a teller.”
Today, I am a recovering teller. However, the temptation to “lead by telling” has never left me.
You could say that this book – sharing my favorite questions with you – is part of my recovery program, as is my blog: LeadingWithQuestions.com. Leading with questions takes preparation, intentionality, discipline and practice. Good news! If I can move from telling to asking, so can you!
Would you like to increase your leadership effectiveness x10?
That is exactly why I have put together this e-book of more than 100 of my favorite “Leading with Questions” questions!
“What do you think?”
If you were in a row boat with your team, how many of them would you want to have row? Might your answer be all of them? How happy would you be if you ended up being the only one rowing? Probably not so much.
Why then would you want to tackle the challenges, opportunities, problems, and changes needed in your company by telling your staff what they should do? Why would you not want to get all their oars in the water by asking them, “What do you think?” This one simple step has the potential to notably increase your leadership effectiveness!
How do you feel when your boss, colleague, or friend asks you: “What do you think about this challenge or opportunity?”
Valued? Respected? Esteemed? Appreciated?
How might those you supervise, your colleagues, or your friends feel when you ask them: “What do you think about this challenge, opportunity, or issue?”
Maybe you are like many folks I meet, who share that they would love to learn to “lead with questions,” but are not sure they have time to learn this new skill. I share with them that I can teach them how to do so in less than 30 seconds!
All they have to do is memorize these 4 questions:
Can you now close your eyes and repeat back these 4 questions? Congratulations! You are on your way to leading with questions – and in less than 30 seconds!
You will find that sometimes the greatest thoughts will come from the third time you ask, “What else?” When others feel your appreciation for their responses, they begin to feel safe to share their very best thoughts. And you will be the beneficiary!
Johnnie (age 7) comes running into the house, yelling to his mom, “Where did I come from?” Johnnie’s mom has not been expecting this question – well, at least not yet!
But after taking a deep breath and collecting her thoughts just a bit, she invites Johnnie into the living room where she shares all about “the birds and the bees.” Johnnie’s eyes are wide as saucers as he takes in every word. When Johnnie’s mom is finished she says, “Now Johnnie do you understand where you came from?” Johnnie replies, “No! Joey said that he came from California and he asked me where I came from!”
Do you think Johnnie’s mom had wished she had responded to Johnnie’s question with:
“Can you please tell me more?”
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