InPower Women Interview: Leading with Curiosity

I had a great discussion this week with Dana Theus of InPower Coaching on leading with curiosity. I think of it in two ways: how to be leaders who are curious, and having curiosity be our first move, regardless of where we stand in the hierarchy.

I offered three Simple Rules — some “Lynnisms” —  things I say to myself to keep me curious when it might not be my first inclination:

  1. “If you change your point of view, you will see something new.”  My dad gets credit for this one. It was his favorite line in the heat of an Easter egg hunt, but he’d use it elsewhere, a gentle reminder to bust loose from the constraints of our usual perspective. Sometimes I’ll do this literally: I’ll get up from my desk, walk across the room, and consider a matter from that different angle. Works every time.
  2. “Assume you don’t know what you don’t know.” Donald Rumsfeld took a lot of grief for his comments about known knowns and unknown unknowns but I think he was on to something. I remind myself I don’t know what I don’t know — and someone else likely does. We can’t know what we don’t know … unless we ask.
  3. “Seek first to understand and then to be understood.” Stephen Covey coined this long before I made it my own. It is my note-to-self to be curious in the face of discord. It’s awfully hard to be quite so self-righteous if we’ve taken time to consider the others’ perspective.

Catch the full interview here. [30 minutes]

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3 thoughts on “InPower Women Interview: Leading with Curiosity

  1. I think Steven Covey got it from St. Francis:

    “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    where there is sadness, joy.

    O, Divine Master, grant that I may
    not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood as to understand;
    to be loved as to love;

    For it is in giving that we receive;
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

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