What if you were to ask one innovative question to a leader you encounter? Imagine the ground-breaking results for workplace solutions you pioneer. Yet experts remind us how innovation loses when senior management remains locked in the past – and innovative workers go unsupported. It doesn’t have to be that way!
Can you see growth benefits for leading that inspires organizational change? Ready to snatch up those daily opportunities to ask mind-bending what if questions?
Researchers discovered glaring gaps in skills needed to lead well for the innovative era we’ve entered. The Center for Creative Leadership asked 2,220 leaders from 15 organizations in three countries, what leadership skills appear inadequate to meet current and future demands.
Top missing skills they found were leaders’ ability to:
- Lead and motivate people;
- Plan ahead and create doable strategies to reach a shared vision;
- Facilitate organizational change;
- Inspire commitment by rewarding people’s achievements;
- Communicate well with top management;
- Persevere with good results in adverse conditions;
- Learn quickly as new needs arise for technology or business insights.
Gifted leaders Ask What if Questions in 10 brain compatible ways that:
- Show genuine openness to hear, and grow from another’s wisdom.
- Offer respect and concern to the person asked.
- Draw out talent from people, by showcasing what they do well.
- Offer another person the chance to shine by the expected answer.
- Indicate curiosity that carves pathways for answers to build forward.
- Come clothed in humility that only those who ask and listen possess.
- Hold no bias and instead show openness to learn and grow together.
- Inspire others to wait around to hear the exciting responses triggered.
- Communicate with tone that creates space for a genuine answer.
- Build goodwill among those who may disagree by answers offered.
What if questions may ratchet up leadership skills, but they tend to be harder to ask than most people recognize. Would you agree?
The kind of questions that model top leadership skills where people are thrilled to follow with similar tone, fuel shared visions headed to top peaks.
Thanks for the great questions asked here at Brain Leaders and Learners. They’re what makes leading an adventure and wisdom from thoughtful leaders in this community, a treasure. I have a challenge though.
An interesting thought comes related to the tough times we face as recession persists, and leadership demands shift under our feet. You may have seen Victor Frankl’s words:
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.“
What if you lead the first question for innovative brainpower improvement at your workplace today? I’d ask the highly respected writer, Marshall Kirkpatrick, what are his brilliant secrets to show unique angles of innovations such as Google Instant Search. Already I’ve learned lots from Marshall, and plan to read more of his innovative posts! What would you ask, and to whom?