“We are educated far above our level of execution.” I have adapted this saying from wise people before me. In that spirit I would like us to revisit a very important concept for anyone in a position of leadership. Curiosity can be defined as: the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness. Like children, great people have an inherent desire to learn from their environment. This hunger drives them to ask questions and explore how all this new information affects their lives.
In Clarity: Focusing on What Matters, week 26 is all about how our character is shaped by curiosity. Not only is it a character trait, but curiosity is an emotion, and driven by that emotion, you are led to explore, investigate, and learn.
That explains why people who shut off their emotions and live from their heads turn off their natural curiosity and settle for fact-finding. The left side of brain sets goals. The right side comes up with creative answers. Did you know the best leaders and problem-solvers are those who regularly practice being curious?
I remember when my niece Kylie first discovered her shadow. It was so delightful to watch her on that warm summer evening. She would lift up her arms and almost jump back when she witnessed her shadow doing the same thing. Now she is five and does not even stop to see her shadow. She is busy and has other things to discover and learn about.
Her auntie however does not want to ever lose the moment when her natural wonderment stirred mine. I just got done taking a walk with a friend and her boys. The boys yelled “STOP” and made us come back and see. There were flowers that had bloomed and we had walked right past them. Shame on me! So glad I was hauled back to smell the flowers.
I invite you to welcome curiosity into your day. It will make you a better listener and more productive.
Awaken your curiosity!
Your turn: Do you think curiosity is more like an emotion or character trait…or both?
Your Coach for Clarity,