Hal Gregersen, MIT Leadership Center, discusses how photography has impacted his work as a leader and the questions he asks and lives. The intersection between inquiry and images is the foundation of his executive workshop “Leadership and the Lens”. Breakthrough solutions start with assumption-challenging questions—and it’s a leader’s obligation to surface them.
- To frame better questions, most leaders need to check habits and beliefs they have gained over life-long careers – for example, leaders need to always be confidently right and quick to call others to action. Seeing new possibilities for an organization often demands the opposite: eagerness to find out what one is dead wrong about, a willingness to step back and quietly listen, and patience to take in the dynamics of a situation, especially those that are uncomfortable. By putting themselves in contexts that compel incentives to adopt these new attitudes, leaders raise their odds of surfacing questions that can unlock entirely new avenues of value creation. In the same way, the best photographers commit themselves to daily habits that develop deep seeing skills.