core competency: curiosity

By September 25, 2010Leadership

One of the often most overlooked qualities of effective leaders is curiosity.  A curious mind is one that is open to exploration, always learning.

What does a curious leader look like?

He asks questions. Questions open up the door to new possibilities.  Curious leaders don’t micromanage with endless questions; instead, they ask the right questions to move thinking forward.

He assumes something better is still out there. A curious mind believes we haven’t learned it all, seen it all, or done it all.  Growth is not only possible, but expected.

He is comfortable leading what he doesn’t understand. If a leader has to understand every decision, every product, every pixel … the leader’s capacity to absorb and understand becomes the pace of change and innovation.  This is why good leaders surround themselves with smart people and let them do the work.

Are you a curious leader?