Conduct a search on the internet for the link between ‘leadership’ and ‘questions’, and reams of articles will surface which detail the top questions to ask of leaders – as well as their all important answers!
But I don’t believe this adequately scratches the surface of what true leadership can bring to the table. To understand that, I believe we need to turn this ‘questioning the leader’ paradigm on its head, and find the leaders who ask the questions themselves.
Because, to me, that is where true leadership lies. Individuals who have the courage, confidence, insight and persistence to continually ask questions, even if – or maybe especially if – they don’t know the answers, may be the most effective leaders of our time.
Why is this?
Well, to answer that, we need to look at what questions are capable of doing…
A well crafted, open-ended question has the power to:
But rather “What questions are our leaders asking?”…
On a personal note...
I am curious, creative, determined, committed and (a bit too much of) a perfectionist.