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Six Powerful Benefits of Leading with Questions

March 29, 2019

Sandra McDowell, Facilitator, Cusource Education and Professional Development

The coach approach to leadership is based on the premise that asking questions of others is significantly more effective than telling others what you think, or what to do. Leading with questions fosters solution-based thinking, accountability, confidence, and action in others.

There are 6 powerful benefits of leading with questions:

  1. Stimulates thinking (which helps construct ideas)
  2. Stimulates discussion
  3. Fosters accountability
  4. Fosters action
  5. Builds rapport/relationships
  6. Authenticates belief in others (which builds confidence)

Think about this: What are your physiological and mental responses when someone asks you a question? Does your mind jump into action working to formulate your thoughts? Do you feel a surge of confidence knowing that the other person wants to hear your perspective? How do these responses compare to the moments when people tell you what they think or what to do? There are so many positive physiological and mental responses to being asked a question.

It’s never too late to be ‘Leading with Questions.’ By doing so, you will soon feel the power of fostering solution-based thinking, accountability, confidence, and action in others.

This material relates to the the Coach Approach to Leadership session of the upcoming 2019 Supervisors Virtual Conference in May 2019. This virtual conference is designed for supervisors and managers looking to be better coaches, better managers, strong team builders and advocates for inclusive work environments.