I may not always learn new things, but when I do, it’s because I stay curious.
My blatant rip-off of the most interesting man, may not be a quote that makes me famous, but it does provide the foundation for the growth needed in life.
Curiosity is a habit and a mindset that keeps leaders humble and gives them the ability to assess a situation, appreciate perspective, and continue towards growth.
“I know how to do it!”
I’ve heard that phrase more than a few times from my kids, only to watch them struggle with tying their shoes, washing the dishes, folding their laundry, or any other number of tasks.
It’s a common problem, right?
As much as I’ve seen it in my kids, I’ve also noticed that problem in myself.
In my almost ten years of professional coaching, I’ve come across similar problems in people. I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve coached who were unhappy in their jobs and looking to make a career change.
And when I assume I know what the answer is, I’ve always been wrong. When I’ve remained curious and allowed the client to dictate the direction of the conversation, not only do they come to a better conclusion, but I learn something new in the process as well.
My ability to stay curious benefits both me and my clients.
As leaders, staying curious benefits us, and those we lead.
Leadership curiosity manifests anytime we set aside our preconceived notions and explore possibilties with our teams.
In short, we stay curious when we ask questions.
- What would that look like?
- Who do we know that can help?
- How can I serve you?
- Where can we find the answers?
- What makes this important?
- Are we willing to fight for this?
The more questions we ask, the more curious we are, the better the end result will be.
Leadership curiosity includes our team members, equips them for the journey ahead, inspires action, and leverages critical thinking skills.
How will you stay curious this week?