Question Asking Skills: A Leadership Training Tool

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Success in leadership positions requires strong decision-making skills.

Asking clear and relevant questions is an essential leadership skill because effective decision-making depends on the ability to get optimal answers to strategic questions.

Decision-makers must be able to make judgements based on conflicting or incomplete data involving internal or external challenges. Decision making quality in unfamiliar and uncertain problem situations depends on getting the information needed for optimal solutions.

Building questioning skills is an important part of training thinking skills.

Crucial question asking skills can and must be improved through practice.

The Insight Assessment complimentary resource, Question Asking Skills:  A Leadership Training Tool provides a list of focused questions trainers can use to stimulate the skills needed to acquire important information, identify unspoken assumptions, clarify issues and explore options.  

As trainees integrate this question asking strategy into their thinking processes, they will be able to improve core thinking and decision making skills. This list includes questions for each of these components of decision making:

  • Interpretation
  • Analysis
  • Inference
  • Evaluation
  • Explanation
  • Self-Regulation

Talent development training benefits by a practical focus on strengthening the quality of decision-making.

Trainers: Download Question Asking Skills: A Leadership Training Tool so that you can apply this technique to strengthen the training strategies you currently use to improve thinking skills and mindset in your trainee and student groups.

Assessment: Insight Assessment offers a comprehensive array of objective, validated business thinking assessment tools that report individual and group diagnostics of overall strengths and weakness that can be used to guide the development of educational efforts to address the needs of personnel. Comprehensive personal reports provide insights for to individual trainees, highlighting reasoning strengths and identifying areas for improvement.

Improving employee decision-making skills: The self-paced online modules of INSIGHT Development Program target improving  core thinking skills and mindset attributes that are required for effective leadership and workplace success. Also included are INSIGHT assessments which  provide objective measurements of employee strengths and weaknesses in 15 key cognitive skills and personal mindset attributes.  The cost effective, validated program can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as new initiative. The flexible structure lets employees work independently, controlling time on task, pace and progress.

If you are interested in additional strategies for teaching and training reasoning skills, check out the many complimentary Teaching and Training Resources offered by Insight Assessment including:

Explore our website for practical training resources and our blog, Thinking INSIGHT, for further discussion of the measurement of thinking skills and mindset.

Contact us to discuss your development program goals and needs.

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