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How Curious Leaders Succeed

How Curious Leaders Succeed

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Question what you know; explore what you don’t. Curiosity is a way of seeing.

Curious leaders:

1. Lower resistance.
2. Ignite energy.
3. Expand potential.
4. Explore possibility.

Seven ways curious leaders succeed:

1. Enable thinking from a new point of view. “What don’t you know?”
2. Challenge assumptions. “How’s that working for you?”
3. Reveal new capacities. “Did you know that you’re really good at…?”
4. Expose unseen obstacles. “What if….?”
5. Clarify ambiguities. “Could you help me understand …?”
6. Share experience. “What has experience taught you?”
7. Connect with others who have experience. “I wonder who might know about this?”

The world is filled with information, but curiosity solves problems.

Curiosity that clarifies a mission:

1. What need are you meeting?
2. What problem are you solving?
3. How does this connect with who you are?
4. What’s the big picture?
5. How will things be better if you succeed?

Curiosity is the beginning of knowing.

Curiosity that expands capacity:

1. How are you currently impacting people around you?
2. What have you learned from failure?
3. Where do you have more to offer?
4. Where might passion blind you to realities?
5. How is past success limiting your thinking now?

You need curiosity more than information.

Curiosity that monitors and manages energy:

1. What distracts you?
2. What are you doing when joy fuels strength?
3. Who or what do you need to let go?
4. Who needs to be on the team? Why?
5. How can you take a small step now?

Curiosity transforms.

Curiosity concerning grit:

1. How did you press forward the last time you felt like quitting?
2. How do resistance and adversity expose what’s important?
3. What’s your purpose?
4. What if you succeed?

Curiosity is better than knowledge as long as you know enough to ask good questions.

How is curiosity developed?

How might you be curious today?

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