When presented with a problem, managers often propose a solution by themselves right away. By asking questions instead, you can help team members create their own solutions and build their confidence and skills. Try these tips for asking better questions:
Keep them open-ended.
Ask provocative questions that encourage team members to think for themselves. Start questions with “why” or “how.”
Avoid asking questions you already know the answer to.
“What do you suggest we do to get the best results?” is a great question because it elicits ownership.
Create a question culture.
Ask team members to bring critical questions to meetings and show that you value their queries.
Adapted from “How to Ask Better Questions” by Judith Ross.