As the saying goes, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there. As a leader, the real answer is to set the course; start the journey, then let curiosity be your guide.
All great leaders were and are curious leaders! They are not just satisfied with the status quo. An insatiable desire to discover and learn and pursue drives them. Curiosity and a healthy dose of positive discontent of sitting and allowing the world to pass them by is what motivates great leaders to shape the world. Are you curious?
Don’t Fear the Journey
You have set your goals and you know where you want to be. However, perhaps you have fears that any small deviation from your planned course will topple everything? Have you considered that your rigidity could cause this very thing? Curiosity and the journey itself can reveal so much if you allow yourself to be open to it.
Your vision can become clearer, you can advance in learning, fuel passion, and motivate innovation. Passion for the journey inspires the courage to challenge current thinking and to do what was thought impossible. When a leader is curious they inspire others to express the same curiosity and creativity.
Great leaders understand that terms like usual, norm, and status quo are not terms of growth. You must have insight to see those who think differently and know what an asset that is. This type of positive challenging of the norm shows a confident leader that isn’t afraid to listen and recognizes diversity. Diversity leads to better teambuilding, better discovery, and stronger outcomes.
It Starts with You
Leading with curiosity requires you to look outward and see what is happening around you and consider those around you – but it also means looking within.
Consider the following and discover your journey:
- Are you making a difference? You can see this in your daily actions. If you’re not making a difference, you’re not leading. You should be curious on how you can make things better for those you lead and how you can make a difference for your company as well.
- Are you growing? If you’re not growing as a person and as a leader, then you’re not leading. You cannot lead by standing still. Learning is a never-ending constant pursuit. No one is too busy to learn.
- Are you starting conversations?If you think you have all the answers, and that your way is the only way, then your journey is already over? A leader who doesn’t encourage others to challenge their thinking isn’t a leader. There is no room for growth under those conditions.
A leader’s ability to seek out and embrace new ideas will always attract the best innovators. If you create a culture that is open to discussion and exploration, then you are inviting progress. Real leaders don’t care who is right they look for the curious.