Are you a leader filled with curiosity?
When researching lists of the qualities of leadership, you will find some words like integrity, accountability, responsibility on just about every list, and words like empathy, active listening, and team delegation on most lists.
One word that you won’t find on most, if any, lists is curiosity.
Do you also find that curious, since without it, those other characteristics cannot be learned?
Comfort can be the biggest zone in which many reside that quells curiosity in that no one, neither you nor I want to leave comfort for the unknown.
My friend, Tom DiLiegro’s LinkedIn post stirred my curiosity about the subject.
Reading Tom’s post reminded me of a lesson a colleague shared. When discussing business opportunities with Ross Perot in a meeting that was the result of a prospecting letter (You know, typically urgent mail to the sender and junk mail to the receiver).
When asked by my colleague how he even saw the letter, Mr. Perot told him that he looks at his “junk” mail each Friday morning out of curiosity for something that may help him, and/or his organization perform better.
Sol says, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and your poverty will come like a robber,” ~ Proverbs 6:10-11
Your comfort zone is a nice place to linger until it isn’t and without curiosity there is a tendency to stick with the familiar because it is comfortable even if it no longer is a value.
When you stay curious, you will make it a great day and you’ll keep being awesome.
Brian Kennedy is an encourager who shepherds small business owners and entrepreneurs along the path of business success to preeminence by embracing time tested principles and executing the associated fundamentals daily.