Why is curiosity so important? First, curious leaders are more open to new experiences, which enables them to approach problems (and people) in a less prejudiced way. In fact, the single best thing that companies can do to promote diversity and inclusion is to hire leaders with high openness scores.
We have all heard the expression of praise that a person “is a born leader.” Despite the admiration captured in these words, they imply that excellent leadership is innate only to a few, and that the rest of us not born with such talents must accept, with grace, a second-class standard.
Your colleague just got a promotion. Now, instead of being your peer, she’s your boss. Does your relationship need to change? Should you act differently, or expect her to treat you differently? In other words, how do you manage up to someone who’s just jumped a level above you and who might’ve been a friend?
One of the things that gets in the way of many people leading is a popular misconception that effective leaders must possess some special leadership DNA. This view has come about because the leaders that easily spring to mind are those that have brought about some type of heroic change.