Leaders Who Ask: Building Fearless Cultures by telling less and asking more by Corrinne Armour, Review
About The Book:
Leaders Who Ask: Building Fearless Cultures by telling less and asking more, by Corrinne Armour was published on July 6, 2018, in 212 pages.
When we tell people what to do, they may listen, but they are unlikely to commit to action and are even less likely to remember.
When we ask great questions that lead to insight, an emotional component is triggered in the brain that leads to commitment and accountability. Leaders who ask use these strategies, and more, to connect deeply, lead fearlessly, and achieve results that transform.
You need this book if you are a leader who recognizes one or more of these challenges:
• Having all the answers and needing to be in control feels like hard work.
• Staff engagement is patchy and not everyone is on board.
• Leadership bench strength is lacking.
• Results are inconsistent and people aren’t following through on their commitments.
• Your team is performing well and yet you know more is possible.
Leaders Who Ask leverage coaching capabilities and questioning techniques to create Fearless Cultures.
“The shift from being a leader who tells, to a leader who asks isn’t easy … but it’s the most powerful strategy to take your leadership to the next level. This book shares frameworks, tactics, and powerful questions that have the potential to change the way you lead.”
– Michael Bungay Stanier, author of Wall Street Journal bestseller The Coaching Habit
Deep within everyone is unbounded potential and the role of the leader is to draw this out. This is not achieved through instructing or telling; but through suspending judgment, asking questions, and listening intently. This book provides a powerful approach for leaders to build a culture by assisting one human being at a time to transform their lives. This is truly the great honor of leadership.
– Dr. David Cooke, Managing Director Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia
Corrinne has helped me realize the value of embracing a less directive leadership approach. If you want to ask more and tell this, this book sets out how in an engaging way.
– Simone Zelencich, Executive Director, People & Culture The Royal Children’s Hospital
Leaders today need a critical balance between business and people acumen. They are expected to have a range of tools to increase business performance as well as develop the critical soft skills needed for setting a culture that focuses on people and stimulates innovation.
I recommend this book to leaders who strive to set a high-performing culture by motivating and empowering all within their organization, thus enhancing leadership, organizational performance, and staff retention.
– Matthew Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Parks Victoria
About The Author:
CORRINNE ARMOUR is a leadership expert who helps leaders and teams develop Fearless Leadership and deliver transformational results. Known for her energy, empathy, and results focus, Corrinne is a sought-after speaker.
She has held leadership roles in the corporate world heading large teams and projects with budgets in excess of $80 million, and she’s well versed in leadership theory. Yet some of Corrinne’s greatest leadership wisdom – and best stories – come from living and working in a jungle refugee camp on the edge of a war zone.
Married to an ex-guerrilla fighter and mother of two daughters, she knows first-hand the practicalities of juggling multiple priorities and perspectives. Her work with leadership teams to embrace Fearless Leadership results in an aligned and powerful team, creating the baseline for organizational success.
Her Fearless Leadership framework is innovative and trusted, informed by positive psychology, underpinned by Neuroscience, and it works. Working with Corrinne is for those who are ready to get out of their own way. Having held leadership positions in the corporate world, to then building a successful leadership practice, Corrinne is recognized as a provoker of change and growth. Known for her provocative and yet empathetic approach, she shows leaders how to release human potential in their careers, teams, and organizations.
Her messages are grounded in the competing realities of the workplace and the challenges of being a leader. Corrinne’s latest book ‘Leaders Who Ask: Building Fearless Cultures by telling less and asking more’ was released in late 2018. She is also co-author of ‘Developing Direct Reports: Taking the Guesswork Out of Leading Leaders and two specialist texts in human behavior used by coaches and consultants worldwide. She is currently working on her next book, ‘Guerrilla Leadership: Key Lessons Teams Can Learn from Leading on the Frontline’.
Her books include:
— Developing Direct Reports: Taking the Guesswork Out of Leading Leaders
— Insight to action: Coaching the Change that Matters
— Cracking the Code for Workshop Performance.
— Leaders Who Ask: Building Fearless Cultures by telling less and asking more
I’ve received the paperback book, I like the simple cover design, good quality of paper, and printing. I have had the privilege of reading Leaders Who Ask and share my review with the author and Audience.
Leaders Who Ask is in the business nonfiction genre, and it’s about the Leadership and running of a business (team), contents 13 chapters, its method of teaching format incorporates the use of storytelling in each chapter to provide the audiences with a realistic situation, and explanation of the cause, and the solution.
The author began with an interesting WARNING to the audience which indicates this book is worth nothing if you just read it, and don’t follow what it teaches you. she invites and thanks to the audiences who are looking for a change and want to be a solution to the problem by becoming the leaders who ask!
The first story is to show the leader’s ability to communicate is crucial, and not all employees need the same support and feedback, but a key responsibility of leadership is unlocking the potential of their team, by developing and empowering them. some of these stories are about identifying what is currently expected from your team and how you may make a change, and also to define the personality, characteristics,s or the leadership style of leaders, that impacts the bottom line.
In chapter 3, she’s pointing out the old-fashioned Coaching culture in organizations, like Leaders As Coach, which was popular in the late 90s, and it’s the modern way which is Fearless Culture, that requires adding coaching skills to the leadership toolkit. in this culture, the author believes leaders who ask the right questions, have communication and helping to learn than teaching (team) can unlock a person’s potential to maximize their performance.
Since the author has also a science degree in genetics, she made an example of the effect of Methylation in ants (referred to research) that made more big ants within the standard range and size to explain how a leader could Methylates, engagement, accountability, and productivity for a fearless culture.
In the Fearless Culture style of leadership which the author is believed in, all people at all levels feel empowered, feel being invested in, and supported and cared for. there’s a high level of engagement across all levels, and the result is the team takes accountability for their behavior, work, result along with more client satisfaction.
In further chapters, the author explains how telling less, asking more works, she provides a breakdown in coaching skills and questioning techniques to prove the style along with charts, 3D models, objections, strategies, and more.
Not all the chapters are in the same level of grasping, I found some chapters in a high level of leadership, and some in negotiation, sales, and or body language training.
The content is well-researched and the book is well-written, I highly recommend this cutting-edge, knowledgeable, and informative book to all leaders, managers, coaches, and other business persons to take their skills to the next level. since the author is a professional business leader and/or consultant, I didn’t find any advertising or commercial message about her business, which will be appreciated by her audiences.
I’d like to thank Corrinne Armour the author of Leaders Who Ask, for mailing the book from Australia in exchange for my honest and unbiased review and feedback with her, her professional team, and I apologize for the delay in my review.
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September 29, 2021
Amin thank you for investing your time to read and review ‘Leaders Who Ask: Building Fearless Cultures by telling less and asking more’. I am interested that you have highlighted the ‘warning’ – reading a book like this won’t create the change you want. It takes focus and commitment to move from insight to action.
October 2, 2021
Thanks for your comment. I really loved your book. I believe everyone can benefit from it. I’ll be waiting for your next one.