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Why ‘Curiosity Killed The Cat’ Is SUCH A Dumb Saying

This is one ditty we should ditch. The best leaders are curious leaders.

Along with developing a penchant for active listening, learning to love the question is one of the most important skills leaders should cultivate.

I’m talking curiosity about:

The people they lead
The market in which they operate
Competitors
Themselves (perhaps most of all – remember Socrates, “know thyself”?)

Good leaders ask:

“Why is this important?”
“Is there a better way?”
“Help me understand…”
“How does this work?”

Curiosity expands our minds. Cultivates creativity. Increases knowledge and wisdom. Is the opposite of judgement.

Leonardo da Vinci nailed it when he said,“I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why thunder lasts longer than that which causes it, and why immediately on its creation the lightning becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How?”

How do you cultivate curiosity? I’m curious to know…

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Suzi McAlpine

Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of the award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in a variety of roles. Her experience has included being a head-hunter, an executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm. Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand.

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