The Socratic Method

Socrates, 5th century B.C. Greek philosopher

For any leader, I believe it’s a necessary to see yourself as the guide and not the central figure — this is a vital aspect to the health of the organization! To view yourself as a tutor or guide is a high calling; it’s Socrates asking questions to elicit understanding.

The focus is leading others, albeit not necessarily from an authoritarian or controlling position, but to ask questions, use wisdom, and most certainly through incorporating meekness.

When we want to train others, we need to engage others’ minds. Simply sharing statements is helpful, true, but what if we posed questions, too? Questions allow us to ask, “what’s on your mind?” or “what are you trying to achieve?” or even “so if you are able to line up all the ducks, how will that help you achieve your goal and is that what you really want, anyway?”

Allowing ourselves to ask questions is a key to success. It forces our minds to push further than we’ve ever done before. We question constraints, requirements, and needs vs. wants. Questions enliven our soul. If questions aren’t the path forward, then what is?

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