How great leaders fire up employees and customers by Tim Cork at theglobeandmain.com on 24 July 2013.
Book excerpt from “G3: The gift of You, Leadership, and Netgiving” with a focus on asking questions as a component of great leadership.
The author makes a compelling case on why leaders need to ask questions – it can motivate and excite your subordinates. Although you can simply provide the answers that people are looking for, it is much more powerful if you ask questions such that they come up with the answer themselves. Even asking people for their thoughts on the matter can make a profound difference since they are being asked to provide an opinion (and therefore insight) instead of just providing an answer. Finally, near the end of the article there are some good introspective questions that leaders should ask of themselves.