Does Your CEO Ask Tons of Questions? Here’s Why – –
CEO behavior is sometimes an enigma to the company, and even to you, the COO. When your CEO asks tons of questions, it might seem like they’re the least intelligent person in the room. This isn’t a bad thing. Here’s why and what you can learn from it.
The smartest CEOs are vulnerable, open to hearing what they don’t know, and are always trying to learn.
These CEOs show up asking more questions than anyone else. They’re OK with appearing ignorant in the moment because they know that by learning, they’ll come out ahead.
In fact, any person who behaves this way will come out FAR ahead of those who think they know it all or are afraid of looking stupid.
As you’re reflecting on the past year and planning for the next, consider these quotes from some great leaders before us. Then ask yourself, do I act like I know it all already, or am I truly ready to grow?
“As long as you’re green, you’re growing. As soon as you’re ripe, you start to rot.”
~Ray Kroc, McDonald’s
“Never be the smartest person in the room.”
Put another way, if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. Don’t be afraid to look like you don’t know it all and you’ll never stop growing.
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