Leading with Questions

Recently, my son had to make a tough decision to put down his 15-year old cat, Gloria who was had been a loyal friend for two-thirds of his life.  He took several days of observation and treatment before finally asking some tough but critical questions of the family veterinarian.  The decision required facing some brutal facts that would lead to the best outcome for Gloria.

Leaders have to face the brutal facts that lead to tough decisions that can directly impact their organizations, community, and the lives of their employees. Author Jim Collins reminds us that, “great leaders have the humility to grasp the fact that they must ask the questions that will lead to the best possible insights.” (Collins, 2001)  This requires a climate where the truth can be heard. Collins offers four best practices for a climate where the truth is heard. This will be the subject of my next blog – stay tuned.

“Leading from good to great means having the humility to grasp the fact that you do not yet understand enough to have the answers…”

-Jim Collins

Inspired by Jim Collins book, Good to Great (2001)

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