When teams function best is when individual team members dare to ask questions of their leaders. To challenge indicates a commitment toward engagement, and a willingness to connect to the organization’s vision.
Questions suggest team engagement because:
1. It means the individual team member cares enough about their individual contribution.
2. Questions indicate that a team contributor is interested in doing rather than complaining.
3. New ideas might be imbedded in the question.
4. Through a question, the process of learning is occurring.
A leader should be very concerned with their team when people stop asking questions. It means that a member’s commitment is waning, a team member is not engaged with the vision, or the leader’s direction lacks clarity.
The worse case scenario when questioning is abandoned – is a sort of complacency where mediocrity is accepted and the program becomes a drifting entity.
Managers and leaders ought to encourage and welcome thoughtful questions by their teams. It’s the most reliable indicator regarding the health of an organization or program, including the teams that compose those areas.