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This excerpt discusses the importance of knowledge workers in a social-driven world and asking the right questions to get the right results.
Often the very same skills and traits that enable rising stars to achieve success "tenacity, aggressiveness, self-confidence" become liabilities when promoted into a leadership track. While managers' conversations are generally transactional and centered on the task at hand, leaders must focus on people, asking great questions and aligning them with the vision for the future.
This excerpt, from Chapter 18, “Be Curious – Ask Great Questions,” discusses the importance of knowledge workers in a social-driven world, and how they will help you build alliances and networks, and make better overall decisions.
The chapter also delves into the “leadership lesson,” which involves asking your people questions and letting them decide the course of action, rather than telling them what to do, and how and when to do it.
“Leadership Conversations: Challenging High Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders” is required reading for both high-potential managers looking to make it to the next level and leaders looking to develop their people.
Excerpted with permission from the publisher, Wiley, from “Leadership Conversations: Challenging High Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders” by Alan Berson and Dick Stieglitz. Copyright © 2013.
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