What is Questioning?
The simple definition of “questioning” is “the action of asking questions”. At the same time, it can be defined as a competence that involves creative and critical thinking process to link what is known and what is unknown in order to improve knowledge.
Questioning is a process that helps collect more information – whether our aim is to learn, to solve a problem, to make a decision or to understand each other.
In addition to helping to collect information, a good question may have a power to generate curiosity, stimulate conversation, encourage creativity and provoke transformation.
Being able to ask purposeful, impactful, challenging and sensitive questions is a learnt skill.
Why is Questioning important?
Questioning is an important part of the communication and leadership processes. By asking questions, you may show vulnerability, enhance trust and encourage others to ask for help when needed.
The best leaders are not the ones that think they have all the answers, but those that understand the power of inquiry to find real answers and innovative solutions.
If you have good questioning skills, you will know what kind of questions to ask and how to ask them in different situations. By asking better questions, you will come to better solutions, which will result in improved outcomes for your business.
“A beautiful question is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we perceive or think about something—and that might serve as a catalyst to bring about change.” – Warren Berger
The MILC project and Questioning
The main objective of the MILC project is to create a learning approach that will equip the Millennials with 21st Century skills in order to practice leadership based on their way of thinking and behavior. The MILC project will facilitate innovation support activities to ensure Millennials understand and take advantage of the opportunities offered by new innovative concepts, methodologies and approaches.
Questioning is one of the 21st Century skills. If you wonder whether you are already good at Questioning, take this short quiz: