When I was in elementary school I was not especially popular. I was the girl who asked too many questions. At the end of every class, most days of the week, all year long – I would ask my teachers to share more information. I was hungry for knowledge and I simply couldn’t stop myself.
My classmates weren’t fond of me or my questions and over the years, all the way through junior high school and high school, I received mixed messages. At home and in my church community I was described as curious, smart, and interesting while in my school community, where I spent most of time, the names weren’t as nice. As much as I wanted to fit it, I needed answers to my questions, and it has been by commitment to questions that has helped me as well as the people I respect at work and in my personal life, those most.
Because — great leaders ask great questions. Think about it, everything we use in our daily lives – our toothbrushes, our pants, the public transportation system, even the internet, exists because there was someone who wanted a better answer, a different option. A choice that they could not see. That’s what questions do – they reveal hidden truths and can be incredibly powerful.
As a teen girl I asked questions that paved the way for me to grow as a strong and happy woman who loves to lead –and you can to.
3 Great Questions To Get You On Your Way
Why, is the best place to start. Why allows you to open up a new type of understanding for yourself. It gives you insights, it simultaneously creates a chasm and a foundation for an entirely new series of questions. Asking why allows you to discover patterns, expose beliefs, and engage with your own process of determining the value of something or your perspective on an issue or opportunity.
What if, allows you to take a step into the realm of possibility, which is where our imagination can fuel innovative solutions to any obstacles that lays in your path. For example, what if –just for a moment, you dared to dream of becoming the CEO of a major company. What if there was a way to save the oceans from pollution? What if we could elect our first female president? What if – gives you the power to create a new reality that can change the course of everything.
What would it take?
This is the question that moves you from vision to reality. What would it take partners with your hopes and dreams to make them concrete. For example, what would it take for you to become the CEO of a major company? To start – you would need to get more familiar with the types of opportunities that are out there. You could major or minor in business in college, you could have an internship at a local company, you could simply start your own company right now.
There a million great questions – and I encourage you to ask as many as you can. And remember, in the words of Edgar Cayce, “Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.”