It’s Time to Change Our Questions

By David Nour
A personal view by Hal Gregersen, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Leadership
Researched by Harry Vander Krabben

In Abe Lincoln’s first inaugural address, a record ratio of one question for every 5 statements was asked. President Lincoln was asking very probing questions to the nation as to what direction the United States wanted to and more importantly should go. In contrast we have President Obama’s address where only 1 question for 133 statements was asked.

Mr.  Hal Gregersen believes that transformational leaders ask innovative and probing questions and most importantly ask lots of questions.
Research has found that the top 25 most innovative companies rely on asking countless questions that help create the ideas that break the status quo.  In today’s world of change maybe it is not the question that is most important but the type and number of questions that is.

What questions are you asking your most valuable relationships?


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