Life is full of questions.
You’re bombarded with them all day long.
Most of them are so inconsequential that you barely give them a second thought.
Sometimes you’re hit with a question that’s a little more important than, “Do you want fries with that?”
But what about your question-asking skills?
A good leader needs to know how to ask good questions.
Your effectiveness as a leader is strengthened when you know how and what to ask. Here’s why:
There’s a difference between asking a coworker how his weekend was and asking one of the employees you manage what they think about a persistent problem your company is facing.
The former certainly has value in building relationships, but the latter is what will result in innovation and positive change for the business.
Check out these tips for asking good questions:
The art of asking good questions is a skill that can be honed and developed. As you continue to ask questions that spark meaningful conversations with your team members or colleagues, you’ll get better at it.
When a team is working together and each individual feels like they are free to contribute to the conversation, trust is built and creativity flourishes. Problems are resolved with the best solutions and the company as a whole thrives.
During your next team meeting, make a point of asking open-ended questions.