exceptional leaders

No More Mr. Goodwrench

February 3rd, 2015  | 

Published in Leadership

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

Read the entire article here.

Isn’t it time you started leading with questions?

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises leaders of some of the world’s most admired companies, 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 200 strategic planning sessions, and he’s delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents. His fifth leadership book—How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices—examines 52 of history’s greatest triumphs and tragedies and debuted in April as the #1 new historical reference book on Amazon.

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