I want to work with a leader who has curiosity, a necessary ingredient for success. How about you?
Without being curious, you might remain complacent and content. Yet in this competitive world, those are not desired leadership characteristics.
Why? Because without asking great questions or exploring the unknown or challenging the establishment, we aren’t learning. Without learning, we’re riding the slow train to stagnation.
Here are seven important aspects of business where you can explore your curiosity:
- Customer Service Experiences
- Rock-Solid Succession Planning
- Meeting Effectiveness
- Competitive Positioning
- Greater Efficiency
- Markets you Serve
- New Product Development or Enhancements
To seek improvement in each aspect of your business, elevate your level of curiosity.
Begin to ask more questions about everything you touch in your organization. Start with questions beginning with “why” and “why not” or simply asking, “How can we do better?”
By demonstrating your curiosity, you are reinforcing the importance of rejecting complacency. You are also confirming that doing so is an acceptable norm.
Become comfortable challenging the familiar, then make the appropriate changes.
Albert Einstein once said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” What are those reasons in your world?
I leave you with this thought from author Susan Dennard: “Curiosity is a strong fire, and once ignited, it is not easily put out.”