Leaders Open Doors
This past Friday, Oct. 10, was the inaugural L2:Learn-Lead event that was simulcast around the world. I had the privilege as a Founding Partner in the John Maxwell Team to be a host for the one of the simulcast locations. While many were in attendance, many could not make it or did not make it. I wanted to share with you some of the great content and knowledge shared with us at this fantastic event.
John C. Maxwell was the first (and last) speaker. In his first talk, he shared ideas from his new book Good Leaders Ask Great Questions. Here are some bullet points I gleaned:
- Leaders make great connections through questions
- Leaders open doors through questions, sometimes doors that would not have opened any other way.
- Questions let you direct the conversation.
John Maxwell encouraged everyone to find great people who do what they want to do or are what they want to be. He mentioned getting his start the same way and listed some questions for you to ask great people to truly learn from them.
- What is your greatest lesson?
- What are you learning now?
- What has been your greatest failure?
- Who do you know that I should know?
- What have you read lately?
- What have you done that I should do?
- How can I add value to you?
Learning to ask questions helps leaders get answers. They help us to DISCOVER! We discover the concerns others have, we discover what things they care about, what their dreams are. When we know these things, we can help them grow and from that our influence grows. Then we can lead them more effectively.
In the next post, I will outline some points from Linda Kaplan Thaler. In part 3 it will be from Tim Sanders talk, and then finally in part 4 the second teaching by John Maxwell.