“Lead with questions-not solutions.”

“The quality of our lives is directly related to the quality of our thinking. The quality of our thinking, in turn, is determined by the quality of our questions, for questions are the engine, the driving force behind thinking.”

The Miniature Guide to the Art of Asking Questions

Great leaders ask questions. Good leaders make qualifying statements, and poor leaders have all the answers.

Asking questions leads to quality relationships. Giving answers satisfies the ego’s demand for satisfaction and closure, but does little to change a person’s heart, behavior, or build relational equity.

Young, inexperienced, or immature leaders think their job is solving problems and providing all the answers. It’s one of the leading causes your team members never develop superior skills or a winning attitude.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, Jesus of Nazareth, the greatest leader of all time, either keeps silent, responds with his own question, or gives an illustration. He seldom offered solutions or answers without first asking penetrating questions.

Great leaders create a learning environment by asking questions, not handing out solutions. You help no one by solving all their problems. To the contrary, you retard their development and diminish their influence. Great leadership is liberating people to find their own way to victory, not limiting them by demanding they accept your answer as the only solution.

Is your team limited to the width and depth of your knowledge and experience? Or are their abilities and options maximized by your willingness to ask more and better questions? You will never get to know your team members by giving commands, statements or answers. If you want them to own the vision and passionately engage on a daily basis—ask them questions.