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Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions

Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions | The Daily Leadership Scoop |

Great leaders are those who instead ask the right questions and engage others to arrive at the best answers together.

Via donhornsby, Annette Schmeling, Lynnette Van Dyke
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 20, 2014 12:59 PM

A key is when asking questions is to listen deeply. I read Parker Palmer and use his work in my writing. The key person to question and listen to is one's self. This requires quietness that we do not find in the hectic pace of daily life. It is a meditative space when we listen to our self and to others.

Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 20, 2014 3:46 PM

Effective questions are those that accomplish their purpose as well as build a positive relationships. Questions that work should build a deeper and better understanding of the problem and possible solutions, but should also construct better working relations among the problem solvers.  Edgar Schein in his book Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling promotes the kind of inquiry that comes from an attitude of interest and curiosity. Inviting others to tell their story in their own words helps to establish rapport, gather information and increase understanding.


Humble Inquiry changes the quality of listening from confirming habitual judgments and the focus on the factual/objective data to more empathic and generative listening (Otto Scharmer) and greater humility. My whole being is able to slow down and to be present when I can suspend my judgment and enter into the question at a deeper level. 

ozziegontang's curator insight, May 5, 2014 5:00 AM

Lee would simply share: The role of the leader is to be a virtuoso question-asker.  Questions open. Answers close. 

Thanks to Annette Schmeling for sharing from Serving and Leadership.

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Mind Reading 101: The 10 Questions You Need To Ask Your Team Every Week

Mind Reading 101: The 10 Questions You Need To Ask Your Team Every Week | The Daily Leadership Scoop |

I have found that regularly asking questions is an agile and lightweight way of keeping up with what’s really going on. Answers become conversations about what is most essential and meaningful for the team and the company, and those conversations transform into action. 


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, January 21, 2014 5:38 PM

The quickest way to overcome challenges and get unstuck is to say, “I’m stuck!” When we can identify where we’re stuck and then bring someone else’s attention to the challenge at hand.

Brian Martin's curator insight, January 22, 2014 8:47 AM

10 great questions for every leader's tool kit to help foster teamwork, engagement, and innovation.  Use the questions individually, or bring them into team meetings.