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5 Ways to Become a Better Learner Leader Using Question Thinking

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Leaders who are successful at creating positive communications, collaborations, cultures, and results for their teams and organizations demonstrate the traits of what I call “Learner Leadership.”

5 Tips for Becoming a Better Learner Leader:

#1. Operate from a Learner (learning) rather than a Judger (judgmental) mindset.

The Learner mindset is open-minded, accepting, and win-win.

The Judger mindset is close-minded, critical, and win-lose.

We all have both mindsets and both are normal. The Choice Map illustrates our mindsets and how we choose them moment by moment.  To download your personal copy of the Choice Map, click here and watch the short explainer video to learn more.  

#2. Ask yourself and others Learner questions.

Learner questions are genuinely curious and open-minded.

From the Learner mindset, leaders ask expansive questions such as, “What works?” What are others thinking, feeling, and wanting?” “What can we learn from this mistake?” and “What’s possible?”

#3. Avoid, as much as possible, asking yourself and others Judger questions.

From the Judger mindset, leaders ask constricting, critical, and negative questions such as, “Whose fault is it?” What’s wrong with those people?” and “How can I avoid looking like I don’t know the right answers?”

#4. Listen with “Learner ears” rather than “Judger ears.”

This means that leaders listen with Learner questions such as, “What valuable perspective could John share?” “What’s working about X?” and “How can I best support Jane’s success?”

It also means avoiding listening with Judger questions such as, “What dumb thing will John say this time?” “Why does Jane always get it wrong?” and “How can I avoid looking bad?”

#5. Create Learner teams and meetings

Learner teams and meetings are collaborative, strategic, and productive. Everyone’s voices and questions count and team members work together to stay on the Learner path.

What questions will you ask to shift your mindset from a Judger to a Learner? 

Marilee Adams Ph.D., is an award-winning author and pioneer in the fields of inquiry-based coaching, leadership, and organizational culture. She is CEO/Founder of the Inquiry Institute, a solutions and performance-focused company providing consulting, coaching, training, keynotes and eLearning. Her newest book is Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching and Results, 4th edition (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2022), along with a new workbook Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: Mastering Your Mindset Using Question Thinking (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2022). 

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