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No More Mr. Goodwrench

  1. February 3rd, 2015  | 

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I spend virtually all of my time around leaders.

I facilitate strategic planning sessions for them, I coach them, I speak to them in workshops and keynote addresses, break bread with them, and celebrate victories with them.

As a leader yourself, you will not be surprised to learn that, over the years, I’ve found leaders to be skillful problem-solvers.

Fixing things has helped you get to the top of the food chain.

Good leaders are problem-solvers. Exceptional leaders are great questioners.

So when you stop acting like Mr. Goodwrench and start leading like Socrates, you’ll find that occasionally setting aside your direct approach and adopting a more inquisitive one will change you and your organization for the better.

Greg’s article in Leader to Leader

In the Winter 2015 issue of Leader to Leader magazine, I discuss how not asking questions stifles growth.

And I examine three scenarios for using questions to:

  1. Unlock organizational potential
  2. Develop the talent around you
  3. Address under-performance

Isn’t it time you started leading with questions?

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises some of the world’s most admired companies and leaders, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 250 strategic planning sessions, he’s delivered more than 600 keynotes and workshops on every continent except Antarctica, and he coaches leaders who are inspired to take their career to the next level. His fourth leadership book— Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture (McGraw-Hill) —is a Soundview Executive Best Business Book.

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