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The value of a good question…

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As I am celebrating my company’s 10th anniversary in the service of clarity and consistency in leadership, I have been prompted to think about what I consider the most essential quality in a good leader.

However, much more important than my reply is the realisation of just how valuable it is to have someone ask good questions.

In fact, for leaders this is a priceless talent and a key to master two of the four core leadership styles: Catcher and Coach.

On the one hand asking questions is a way of proactively seeking to catch the leadership opportunities = identifying situations that call for your attention as the team leader.

On the other hand good questions are key to taking a coaching approach to your staff.  If you make it a habit to always ask for your employee’s suggestion (instead of providing your own answer), then you are consistently reinforcing their growth in regard to competencies, attitudes and accountability.

My reply to the question?

Not nearly as important as yours.

So what do you consider it to be?


Written by Karin Zastrow

November 2, 2012 at 22:09

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  1. Boiling it down to just one ‘the most essential quality in a good leader’ is obviously too simplistic. It’s also a fun challenge. Here is my answer to the question:

    ‘As a leader to realize myself as the bottleneck of my organisation and act accordingly’

    Btw, Karin I would really like to read your own answer to this question …


    Jens Carlsen

    November 3, 2012 at 11:28

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