As a leader, it is easy to act as though you have all the answers. It’s hard to actually question what you know, let alone question yourself. However, doing so is key to success – and here’s why.
- Key to Growth
Asking questions is the fastest way to learn new things, which is the only way you’ll grow as a leader. A good leader isn’t just a bastion of knowledge or a good decision-maker, but someone who possesses a fair amount of wisdom as well. Being curious and learning new things in fields different from your own can help make you a wiser, more well-rounded leader – and person.
- Connect with Your Employees
One of the most important things any leader must be able to do effectively is connect with their employees. One of the best ways to do that is by taking an interest in their lives, and one of the best ways to do that is by asking questions about their lives. Engaging with them in small talk and being curious about their interests can help show you care, which in turn can help boost company morale.
- Form Work Connections
Networking is the beating heart of business success. As the saying goes, it’s not always what you know but who you know – and to get to know others and network, you need to be curious about them. Take an interest in others’ work and hobbies, and try to find a point of connection off of which to build a rapport.
- Curiosity Versus Discernment
You don’t want to sound too nosy or as though you are interrogating with your questions. There is a fine line between being generally curious and having the right amount of discernment to know when it’s appropriate to ask questions and which topics may be too sensitive and off-limits. You don’t want to let your curiosity get the better of you and force you into an awkward situation with someone you barely know, or else make them feel uncomfortable.
Properly harnessed and realized, curiosity can be a great asset for future business leaders.