Leaders strategically utilize questions to stimulate the reflection and action of themselves and their supporters. Questions enable leaders to purposefully:
Leaders have a variety of questions at their disposal. Each type elicits a different response:
Leaders need to be just as comfortable asking questions as they do dictating actions. There is one caveat, though. After asking questions, leaders need to be comfortable with silence. Silence does not mean surrender. The quiet and stillness is part of one's quest to process the question and share a response that is authentic and true. Warren Burger, author of A More Beautiful Question, suggests that to ask powerful questions, we must:
When was the last time you asked yourself - or your supporters - one of these questions:
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