One of the biggest blessings of my career was the
opportunity to work with a gentleman named Bob.  Bob was
different from every other supervisor in my career.  He never
said, “let me teach you how to do this.”   He simply did the
right thing at the right time and expected you to learn from
his example.

Also, he never came out and told you what to do.  He would
simply ask questions so that you could figure things out for
yourself, exposing his thought processes as you went along.

Those that have successfully made the transition from
manager to leader have found the importance of
continuously asking questions. Questions provide a constant
flow of feedback from front line workers.

Questioning his people enabled Bob to understand what
was going right and where improvement was needed. At the
same time, Bob was showing interest in the front line
workers through these questions.

Effective leaders understand that asking questions will
generate answers. How those answers are handled will have
a direct impact on how people will perceive future questions.
When people feel their answers are unappreciated, they put
less effort in answering the questions. However if two steps
are followed, future answers will be open, honest, and well
thought out.

To read the first aspect,
click here.

This is an excerpt from “Life’s Leadership Lessons” a
collection of 53 anecdotal leadership lessons, each with an
anecdote and the application of the topic in your everyday
life. It is designed for use in weekly staff meetings or for
personal development.
Asking Questions
2 important aspects
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