The Key to Collaboration? Encourage Questions
Collaboration is a major buzz word. It’s quite common to hear that having multiple minds around an idea is better than only one.
So how do you, as a leader, encourage your team to collaborate and innovate with each other?
Are all questions equal? No. The questions we’re talking about rise above the day-to-day asks. The questions consist of employees looking at an idea, situation, or problem and exploring all the possibilities that could be on the other end. They do this with their leader, with their team members, and with others inside the organization. They get curious!
This is true collaboration – exploring and working together. Teams that ask questions and push back on their leaders and their team, trust and respect their relationships enough to be able to have the sometimes difficult conversations that arise when you venture into the unknown.
The skill that leaders need to practice is learning to truly listen to these multiple competing realities and harness their team’s energy. If you shut questions down, you will find your team keeping to themselves very quickly.
Not sure, as a leader, how strong you are at creating this environment? Now is the perfect opportunity to ask!