The Curiosity Bug
Why Being Inquisitive is Essential in Coaching
“The important thing is not to stop questioning… never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein
Those coaches have something in common.
The art of curiosity.
It’s a powerful tool that will enrich your world, keep life interesting, and help you build stronger connections with your clients and colleagues.
And, it is the magic ingredient that makes for great, influential leadership.
“Curiosity is an important trait of a genius. I don’t think you can find an intellectual giant who is not a curious person,” says writer Donald Latumahina http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/4-reasons-why-curiosity-is-important-and-how-to-develop-it.html
And it’s true. Curiosity makes you a dedicated listener, unlocks opportunities, and helps you gain greater insights that enrich your personal life and professional work.
“When you are curious about something, your mind expects and anticipates new ideas related to it,” continues Latumahina, “by being curious, you will be able to see new worlds and possibilities which are normally not visible.” http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/4-reasons-why-curiosity-is-important-and-how-to-develop-it.html
Among other things, these new worlds may be insights you can share with clients, they may be solutions to a team challenge, and they may be ideas that launch your career to the next level.
And yet, curiosity is not just an intellectual tool – it has also been found to enrich social relationships.
This study, conducted at the State University of New York at Buffalo, concluded that highly curious people experienced “more positive interpersonal outcomes.” http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2002/12/5996.html
By showing a keen sense of curiosity, you demonstrate your willingness to digest the world around you, your interest in each client, and your humbleness as a leader and coach.
Curiosity helps you demonstrate that you are ready to learn, interested in new ideas, and most importantly – accessible to your clients; a receptive and welcoming coach.