Questions and answers

Leadership means asking questions.

What is the problem?

What can we do that is new and better?

How do we tackle this issue?

What if we do something else?

How can I help you?

If your days, your meetings, your interactions are filled with answers, you are doing something else entirely.

Take Gary Kaplan, who changed the culture of a hospital in Seattle. He took his top people to Japan and said, “Look what they’re doing over here. Do you see anything that might apply to our hospital?” He was very humble. He knew they had to fix the hospital, but he didn’t know how to do that. He was also very autocratic about, “We’re all going to go to Japan”; he managed the process. But the content and what they actually ended up doing, he built from the ground up.

Edgar Schein, In Conversation with Edgar Schein