In former articles I touched on the need to have leadership traits as an entrepreneur. Examples of leader characteristics are the vision to change the status quo, the ability to communicate and to inspire.
One such way a leader creates a vision and takes charge of the small business is through curiosity. By asking questions and wanting to know more, entrepreneurs show an eagerness to learn.
And learn they must, as owners and managers, as persons and partners, as visionaries and motivators.
Curiosity acts as a mentor
By asking yourself and those in your environment (these are your stakeholders and include co-founders, clients, employees, vendors, prospects and partners), you are acting as your own mentor, trying to see different perspectives and stepping out of your operational frame of mind.
Gaining a bird’s eye view is a prerequisite to building a solid framework for your business. This framework operates as your guideline in which you plan operations, focus on ideal customers, hire the right people and move them all in the right direction.
Curiosity set as an example
Entrepreneurs that are life-long learners are the ones that seek improvement in the current status quo and come up with innovative solutions. They are also an example to employees who replicate this healthy behaviour in their own projects. As a result, employees (or subcontractors) seek out boundaries and try to push them. That is when magic happens!
Curiosity builds trust
Being curious shows stakeholders and others around you that you have an interest in them and in building your business. By asking for information and swapping stories, relationships are building and trust is formed.
Without trust, people will not follow managers and business owners. Instead, prospects will stay prospects and clients will hover in their comfort zone. Employees will not learn and get stuck in routines. Partner organizations may not continue collaborative efforts for they did not gain anything new as lack of trust hampered work.
Curiosity is key to learning and learning is key to success. Ask yourself today, what am I curious about?
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