As a leader, curiosity is a necessary characteristic to success. For without curiosity you may remain complacent, content and in this competitive world, those are not desired leadership characteristics.
Without asking great questions, or exploring the unknown or challenging the establishment we aren’t learning. Without learning, we are on a slow train ride to stagnation.
Albert Einstein once said; “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
If he’s right, what could a few of those reasons be in your world?
Here’s my top seven very important reasons which fit most businesses:
- Customer Service Experiences.
- Rock-Solid Succession Planning.
- Meeting Effectiveness.
- Competitive Positioning.
- Greater Efficiency.
- Markets you Serve.
- New Product Development or Enhancements.
All of which have consequences related directly to top and bottom line growth.
My leadership tip this week is to elevate your level of curiosity.
Begin to ask more questions about everything you touch in your organization. Start with focusing on great questions containing ‘why and why not.’
Be comfortable, challenging the familiar. Be comfortable making appropriate change.
By demonstrating your curiosity, you are reinforcing the importance of rejecting complacency. You are also confirming what you are doing is in fact the right thing to do – for now.