How You Can Be A Dumb Leader!

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I bet when you first saw the title to this blog that you thought I had decided to start off the new year with an insult. Well I did decide to start the new year a little different but not with an insult. In fact, I want to compliment those of you who are already “dumb” leaders or who are encouraging others on your leadership team to be “dumb leaders.” You know I have known far too many leaders who were so sure of themselves that they just did not ever want to ask or discuss anything that looked as if they did not know the answer. Well, I am here to tell you there is real leadership power in asking what you might perceive to be a dumb question!

As a real leader, you should never fear asking not only the people who work for you but your customers, vendors or leaders in other companies a question that you may believe is too simple or too obvious in its answer. Instead think about those questions that you may not want to ask because of your position as an opportunity to get a different perspective about your business, leadership or even your market. Many times I have asked questions that I felt I did know the answer to but I was more or less looking to confirm my thoughts or perspective which to me was ultimately more valuable than being smarter than everybody else around me (which I was not to start with)! Dumb questions are all too often a simple way to gain a different perspective and either verify or challenge our thinking.

I believe another real value of being a “dumb leader” is to allow yourself to be human and approachable. I have talked about the value of two way communication and I believe it is essential to a real strong high performing team. How can you have real two way communication unless you can show a side of you that does not have to be all knowing, always right and open to the answers/thoughts of others? So, I believe that being an open leader who looks for perspectives other than his/her own with inviting questions that are simple in nature is really not so dumb but really very smart when it comes to real leadership!


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