Curiosity: The Key to Collaboration, Innovation and Conflict With Ease
If you’re the leader of a team—whether a company, an organizational department, a board of directors, a group of volunteers, or your family at home—you’re going to have to answer what we call the “million dollar question”:
How do you have conversations that result in an authentic exchange of thoughts and feelings, promote respectful and productive dialogue, and lead us to a place of calmness, confidence, and abundance—even in high-stakes situations?
Based on our work as a mother-daughter communication consultant team, we have discovered that the answer to that question is curiosity.
When you aren’t curious about yourself or others, you continue to produce the same results:
- Your values and wants remain undefined and unclear.
- You fail to set appropriate boundaries.
- When you’re unable to recognize when your values, wants, and boundaries are challenged, negative emotions quickly take over—and when faced with conflict, you either explode or withdraw.
- Relationships get damaged and your leadership suffers.
- You become stuck, blind to opportunities before you, and unable to achieve your desired outcomes.
The good news is that we’re all naturally curious as children. As adults, we just need to relearn those Curiosity Skills that once came so easily:
- Be present in our conversations
- Choose how we want to listen and respond
- Ask curious open questions
These three skills help you understand yourself and others in conversation, manage your emotions, and create new opportunities with dynamically different results.
“Curiosity helps you with moral distress without being seen as combative. It allows you the freedom to be the leader you want to be, gives you a lens to look at for engagement, enrollment and trying to hear and understand others. You have to be present and nurture it, building the confidence of local leaders so they can do it too.”
“The future holds success for those leaders who know when to ask and when to listen. Whether as a refresher or gaining new tools – INSTITUTE OF CURIOSITY for Leaders provides insight on how we need to communicate to build relationships.” – Lead Facilitator, Women Leading the Way
“Thanks to the Institute of Curiosity I now know the core values of my company and what makes it strong. I know what it is to be a curious leader, see the bigger picture and hold others accountable. I feel much more at ease, clear and focused.”
Contact us now to see how you can improve the quality of your conversations and apply the power of curiosity to yourself and your team, even in conflict.
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