“Leadership is not as much about knowing the right answers as it is about asking the right questions,” is Bob Tiede’s motto. But that wasn’t always the case, according to Bob; he was a “benevolent dictator,” a “serial teller” in his professional life for decades. But that all changed in 2006, when he stumbled upon a book that exhorted readers to “lead with questions” instead of “telling with kindness.” He started a blog on the topic, and after 15 posts, ran out of material. He searched for similar-minded bloggers, and to his delight, the first five he contacted all agreed to let him share their content on his own site. He soon discovered that “a leader who leads with questions will often be ten times more effective than a leader who only leads by telling!”
Bob Tiede has been on the staff of Cru for 48 years. He currently serves on the U.S. Leadership Development Team and is passionate about seeing leaders grow and multiply their effectiveness. He is committed to helping leaders shift their paradigm from the pressure of having to have all the right answers to simply having a few of the right questions. In 2006, while browsing in a bookstore, he came across Leading With Questions by Michael Marquardt. He only had to peruse a few pages before declaring, “This is a keeper.” He then launched Leading With Questions—a blog with a companion ebook, Great Leaders Ask Questions—with the goal of changing forever how he and others look at leadership. Bob and his wife, Sherry, live in Plano, TX, and are blessed with 4 incredible children and 6 remarkable grandchildren.
During this interview Bob and I discuss the following topics:
- How he came to the idea of leading with questions
- Why leading with questions is more effective than leading with the answers
- How to ask effective questions to inspire teams members
- Leadership lessons from a US Navy Captain
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