Curiosity drives innovation and relationship building. It's essential not only in product development, but also in leadership. A curious leader knows more about their team's strengths, weaknesses and potential. A curious team member is more innovative and creates better products. You need curiosity in your team!
Here are five ways you can create more curiosity in your workplace:
1. Be vulnerable. Admit your own mistakes. Share failures as well as successes. Failures are an essential part of learning and finding problems that need to be solved. If they see you failing, talking about it and improving, they will feel comfortable doing the same. Make it safe for your team to fail.
2. Ask questions. And encourage question asking! Set an example for your team by asking a question and encouraging free and open dialogue.
3. Encourage freely sharing ideas. Ask for ideas and don't shut them down. Acknowledge the innovation and courage it takes to come up with and share ideas with others. Dedicate time and space to listening to ideas.
4. Demonstrate and encourage open feedback. Ask for feedback from your team frequently. Don't take it personally. Utilize feedback to be better, to develop better processes and products. Frequently provide feedback, both positive and negative to your employees. Make feedback a normal part of every day.
5. LISTEN. The most important step in encouraging curiosity is listening to your people. Listen when they give you feedback. Listen when they ask questions. Listen when they share ideas. Act on what you hear.
We can all be a little better with more curiosity in our work! Let's nourish it and allow it to grow.