SIDEBAR: Unquestionable Benefits of Asking Your Team Great Questions


by Robert C. Crosby


  • Asking great questions helps your team reflect more deeply, to focus and stretch their minds.
  • Asking great questions challenges your team’s assumptions and misconceptionsthat could otherwise hinder their growth and development.
  • Asking great questions can lead to breakthrough ideas on your team.
  • Asking great questions can enable your team to gain a better view of the situation.
  • Asking great questions can open otherwise closed minds on your team.
  • Asking great questions can help your team think more deeply and strategically.
  • Asking great questions ignites discussions that move people from individual ideas to collaborative ones.

(Adapted from Michael Marquardt, Leading With Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solutions By Knowing What to Ask (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005).