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January 30, 2020
Ask Two Questions
Ask Two Questions By Chuck Violand January 27, 2020 The route to outstanding leadership doesn’t always go through elevated titles or C-suite boardrooms. Instead, it travels a path anyone can navigate. And it doesn’t matter what position a person occupies within an organization; everyone can practice it. I’m talking about the simple act of showing an interest in another person. While this is important in every area of our lives, it takes on even greater significance when we occupy a leadership role within our company. This is tough advice for some people, because they may not be particularly interested in the personal lives of others. They’re more interested in sales, profits, finishing the latest project, or being sure they’re getting a full day’s work from the person whose work they’re about to interrupt with a question. I understand this, although I don’t agree with it, and that’s certainly their prerogative. But way too much research shows that by not taking an interest in other people, especially the people we manage or whose paychecks we sign, we dramatically restrict our effectiveness as leaders. Our people don’t feel as connected or as committed to us. They’re not as willing to go the