The Key to Successful Leadership? Just Ask

September 8, 2009

by Agatha Gilmore

As we progress through school — from kindergarten to 12th grade, from college to that graduate degree — we achieve success by responding to questions correctly. Think about it: The more you know, the better you do and the more rewarded you become. Once you’ve made it to the top, you’re basically considered an expert whose job it is to provide answers.

The system doesn’t change much when translated to the workplace, as a new hire gradually progresses into a leader. But for organizations to get the most out of their people, executives must start asking, rather than answering, questions, said Gary Cohen, founder and managing partner at CO2 Partners, an executive coaching firm, and author of Just Ask Leadership: Why Great Leaders Always Ask the Right Questions. Continue Article in Chief Learning Officier

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