Byron's Babbles

Leaders Ask Why

 Back in 2010 I blogged about “why” in Why Baby Why? I was reminded about the importance of the “why” in John Manning’s (2015) Lesson #43 in The Disciplined LeaderEver notice how great leaders ask the best questions and the question “why?” A masterful leader will sit quietly in a meeting, listening intently to the discussion, and then, ask a question that will change the tenor and the performance of the entire team. My dad used to tell me, “There is not necessarily a correlation between the amount of talking someone is doing and their intelligence.” Very true! 

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” ~ Voltaire

Watching a great leader ask astute questions is like watching an artist in action. I aspire to always be this kind of leader and hope I can model the wisdom and timing to use less oxygen and get the great results of collaboration and discussion. One question that I love to ask is, “Why am I wrong on this?” Pressing the team to consider what I might be missing demonstrates humility, awareness, and openness to possibility. Wherever you find an innovative culture, you find leaders asking this question. Great things happen when we start with “why.” 

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  1. mikecrainblog said, on April 21, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Great blog! Fully understanding a problem is the best way to come up with a solution. A good leader will listen way more than he/she will talk. Great point!

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