The 5 best books for asking questions that will change you and the world around you

Note from Bob:  Recently, Dr. Michael Marquardt and myself were asked by Ben Fox the Founder of, “In addition to your book, The 3rd Edition of “LeadingWithQuestions,” What are the other Top 5 Books on Asking Questions that you would recommend?”   

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The 5 Best Books for Asking Questions That Will Change You and the World Around You

By Michael J. Marquardt and Bob Tiede

Who are we?

Michael Marquardt is Professor Emeritus of Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University, where he directed the Global Certificate and Executive Leadership Programs. He’s a Co-founder and first President of the World Institute for Action Learning. Dr. Marquardt has authored 27 books and his publications has sold over a million copies. Bob Tiede is on the U.S. Leadership Development Team at Cru, an interdenominational Christian parachurch organization. His blog, is in its 11th year and followed by Leaders in over 190 countries. Bob is the author of Great Leaders ASK Questions, Little Book of Big Leading With Questions Quotes, and 262 Questions Paul the Apostle of Christ Asked.

We wrote…

Leading with Questions: How Leaders Discover Powerful Answers by Knowing How and What to Ask

By Michael J. Marquardt and Bob Tiede

Book cover of Leading with Questions: How Leaders Discover Powerful Answers by Knowing How and What to Ask

What is our book about?

Over the past 20 years, since the 1st edition was written, we’ve continued our love for questions and sought out the best questions from the top leaders from around the world.  We’ve discovered that all great leaders throughout history asked questions, but also asking great questions made a person a great leader! In this book, we share the 7 major benefits of asking questions: (1) solving complex problems, (2) building great teams, (3) changing the corporate culture, (4) building positive relationships, (5) developing leadership skills, (6) becoming a continuous learner, and (7) energizing others to take actions that they never dreamed possible. We also discuss why we’re afraid of asking questions as well as great strategies to ask better questions, questions that empower, and include a variety of open-ended questions.

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Here Are the 5 Books We Picked and Why:

Book cover of Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others

Why did we love this book?

Reading a list of great questions by themselves, most often, does not motivate me to ask any of them.

But reading stories, sharing how a great question was discovered or how asking it has changed the person asked or changed a relationship or resulted in a successful outcome, instantly motivates me to find someone I can ask! Power Questions shares 30-plus stories that will instantly have you wanting to find someone to ask that same question!

Book cover of Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

Why did we love this book?

In story after story Mark shares that the key to connecting with people is to be “More Interested Than Interesting.”

The author shares a multitude of thoughtful questions, that you will certainly want to begin to employ to communicate your interest in others. And of course, the reason I love Just Listen is that no one will ever become great at “Leading with Questions” without becoming a great listener!

When your family/staff/ friends feel heard, your relational effectiveness will skyrocket!

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The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want

By Dave Kerpen

Book cover of The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want

Why did we love this book?

Over and over Dave shares incredible stories and the questions he used to connect with people – even people he initially didn’t like, by asking them thoughtful questions – questions that you will be eager to put into use to enhance your people skills! We also think that we share the same DNA as Dave Kerpen!

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Book cover of QBQ! The Question Behind The Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life

Why did we love this book?

Too often, too many of us, ask “Victim Questions” like “When are they going to train me?” or “When are they going to tell us what’s going on?”

Instead of asking “Victim Questions” John teaches us to ask  “QBQs” (The Question Behind the Question).  For example, “What could I do to get trained?” or “How could I find out what is going on?  Asking QBQ’s has consistently moved me from being stuck to having a way forward!

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Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching, and Results

By Marilee Adams

Book cover of Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching, and Results

Why did we love this book?

This fantastic book takes the reader step-by-step through the 12 powerful tools of “Question Thinking” and their practical applications in real life.

It provides questioning tools for interacting with people and situations built on using an expansive, creative learning mindset rather than a constricting, judging mindset. Marilee Adams provides numerous examples and wonderful graphics to assist the reader in moving from a judging to a learning way of inquiry.

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Ben Fox


Ben Fox the Founder of, where 8,000+ authors have shared five of their favorite books around a topic, theme, or mood.


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