Learn and be curious
Leaders are never done learning and always seek to improve themselves. They are curious about new possibilities and act to explore them.
The case for curiosity is clear. It is also apparent that curiosity needs to be fostered to an extent by organizations and teams. Here are some tips on what individuals can do to build on their curiosity:
1) Build your knowledge bank:
Learn new things, explore your specializations as well as search out new knowledge. If you are working in finance, discover the ins and outs of the products; go and join your sales team on customer visits.
2) Plan for curiosity and be intentional about it:
Allow for some special times in your day where you allow curiosity to be top of your mind. Reserve time for learning or reading every day.
3) Surprise yourself:
Arrange lunch or a zoom call with people from other departments. Have a chat with people who have different viewpoints to yours. As Abraham Lincoln said: “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” Otherwise, change your normal route to work. When you are in a bookshop, buy the book next to the one you were planning to and let it surprise you.
4) Practice active humility:
Open yourself up. Help to remind yourself that you don’t know everything about yourself, and that there is much more to explore within you. Explore your values, reflect on the way you say the things, the thoughts you have, and why you act/react in certain ways. Ask others to help you in this.
Get a coach and/or a mentor: surround yourself with people who can uplift you, who help you to think harder instead of telling you want you want to hear.