“The smart ones ask when they don’t know. And sometimes when they do.” —Malcolm Forbes
No one wants to look stupid, naive, or as if they do not know what they are doing, which is why so many of us are reticent about asking questions. Whether your leadership style is servant, democratic, or visionary, it’s grounded in a secret element: curiosity. If we just begin practicing and embracing inquiry-based leadership, then we can build more robust leadership styles. In the process, we will become cognizant about the ways we frame questions.
Ray Dalio, the CEO of investment banking firm Bridgewater, is an example of a leader who lives by the principle to lead with questions. At Bridgewater, all conversations are recorded—that’s right, audio recorded. Dalio’s rationale for this policy is doing so will reduce opportunity for office politics and spin. He wants to encourage people to thoughtfully and honestly say what they think and ask what they want to understand…[READ MORE]