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Learning to Lead through Questions

Alan Andersen

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What do you do when someone asks you a question?

If you’re like most people, you respond with an answer. In fact, this may seem so simple that you’re consciously or subconsciously wondering why we would even bring this up.

However, I want to share some counterintuitive food for thought when it comes to “Q & A”. And, this especially applies to you if you’re a leader, so please take note and seriously consider our concept.

Q & A

In our Western culture, from an early age, we were all taught that if someone asks a question the right thing to do is answer it. I know this is true of me, in particular. My brain’s wiring (for those of you that are familiar with DISC) is that of a “high D”, high as in a 96 out of 100 on the DISC scale.

My brain is ultra ready to answer ANY question thrown its way. So ready, in fact, that it often feels like I have an answer to the question that you don’t even know you’re going to ask me!

This is a big problem, admittedly, for some of us more than others. Not only were most of us taught to respond to questions. Furthermore, we were not taught to ask even better questions in return.

Asking Better Questions

The good news about succeeding in life is that it is not always about how you start. It is not always about how mediocre or bad the cards are in the hand you were dealt. Or even how much of a victim you feel like.

Instead, it is about how you finish the race. It is about how well you play the hand that you were dealt. Or adjusting your fixed, victim mentality to mature into a growth mindset.

In light of this good news (that you are NOT the victim), we are grateful to pass on the very model that we use, with up and coming leaders. Specifically for asking better questions.

We call this model the L3x Model.

L3x Model

First, the model itself.

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Listen

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LEARN

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Lead with questions

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Rinse and Repeat 3x

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Closing Word

At the end of the day, our aim at Shandel Group, is to help you accelerate the healthy growth process of your leadership journey. There are few things, if any at all, that will help you lead and lead well, like asking great questions!

Asking great questions lets you adapt and pass the test of time like few skills. Consider this word from John Maxwell.

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

Asking questions helps you know how much or little to adjust your sails!

Pulling for you,

Alan Andersen

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