A Question of Leadership

This article looks at the lost art of questioning in leadership. How should and can leaders re-build their “questioning” faculty, rather than resorting to their comfort zone impulse of “telling”, and more so in the emerging Asian context is examined.

The sage of management thinking, Peter Drucker, once said “The leader of the past was a person who told; the leader of the future will be a person who asks”. He is said to have opened all his business meetings with CEOs who sought his wisdom and insights, with five simple, yet profound questions:

1. What is your mission?

2. Who is your customer?

3. What does your customer value?

4. What results do you seek?

5. What is your plan?

A few simple yet profound questions...

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