“Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.” – Stephen Covey
Q: With whom might I have this conversation?
Tom’s Reflections on These Questions
This question goes to the heart of any coaching relationship. We sometimes start with more surface level – safer – issues but underneath there are deeper conversations that are not being had.
If you have diligently worked through this programme, you will probably now be in a position to start exploring some of these deeper questions.
I don’t mean to imply it will be easy. Some of these conversations require us to voice things we may have never said. Doubts we have had about ourselves that we have kept deep inside. Hearing these words in your own voice in the presence of others can be sobering. It can be scary.
And yet, the path to deeper awareness crosses through these conversations.
The key is choosing the right person with whom to have such conversations.
- Someone who will listen without interruption.
- Who will give you the freedom to say whatever is needed.
- Who will not judge.
- Who will not advise.
The Curious Leaders programme is designed to foster a deep sense of curiosity about who you are as a person and as a leader. It challenges you to reflect on what you can do each day to become a more effective leader. The premise is that before we can truly lead others, we first need to lead ourselves.
It thus ultimately starts with self-leadership. This is about building a practice of reflection and action whereby we become increasingly curious about how our thinking is impacting our actions. This is the first step in building a world in which curiosity shapes leadership.
In this world, leaders aren’t boxed in by traditional thinking or established playbooks. They are open to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives, fostering a culture of exploration and learning. In truth, nurturing curiosity in leadership is essential if we are to address the key challenges of the 21st century.