One characteristic of a great leader is that they ask great questions. By asking great questions leaders can get answers and hopefully find the problems. When problems are identified then potential solutions can be developed.
In his book, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, John Maxwell gives the reader some excellent resources to lay the foundation for successful leadership. By going through some of the questions that he has asked and questions that are asked of him he can help future leaders develop and understand how to ask great questions.
One area in which he does this is first making sure that the leader is ready to ask great questions. What is meant by this is that if a leader is unprepared for answers that come from questions they are not ready to ask questions.
For example, if a manager decides he or she wants to improve productivity and ask the questions to employees of what slows down productivity he or she may receive an answer that is unexpected. If they are unprepared for candor they may take it as an affront to their management and as a result may struggle with changes that could help the company.
I really enjoyed how this is a more personal style of writing for Maxwell. He really gets into how he has ask great questions over the years and the benefit of doing so and his life. He that extrapolates this to the reader on how asking great questions can also benefit their life.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.