Are you a leader?
Do you feel like you have to have all the answers?
Well, you don’t. In fact, you shouldn’t. It would in fact be absurd if you had all the answers – because no-one does. And if someone thinks he/she has all the answers, he/she is wrong – simple as that.
Let go of the idea that you have to have all the answers about anything. Things are changing so fast that even if you did have the answers to something, those answers may be outdated.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with leaders in many global organisations over the last 20 years and my most shared advice in my talks, coaching and training is probably this:
Ask good questions!
Through questions you listen.
Through questions you involve people.
Through questions you create dialogue.
Through questions you encourage innovation.
Through questions you learn new things.
Through questions you understand more – and can find better answers.
So if you haven’t got it already, create a good list of questions that you can take to internal and external meetings, coaching sessions and development talks. And become an excellent listener – be 100% present as you listen to answers and input. You won’t regret it.