Sunday, November 23, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 328

The best seek , not .

Face it, there are a lot of problems that exist in this world.  And, truth be told, it would be great if finding solutions was as easy as finding problems.

But, as I've learned throughout my personal and professional life so far, it is rarely about the answers you get, and always about the questions you ask.

Leadership isn't about getting people to places.  Instead, it's about asking people where they want to go, and helping them find the pathway to get themselves there.

The best leaders, the ones who truly understand what it means to "lead" actually prefer to not "close the loop," vying instead to push others to investigate the loop and close it themselves.

An answer does two things: It provides closure, and it shows that someone can do their homework.

However, a question does three: It keeps the learning going, it puts the power in the hands of those invested in finding out more, and it encourages an "I don't know, let's find out" approach to life.

By focusing more on questions and less on answers, we provide for a structure that puts the emphasis on always learning more and not on shutting the learning down.

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