Reboot Podcast Episode Wisdom for Work #5 – Inquiry as a Leadership Skill – with Andy Crissinger & Chris VandenBrink

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Andy Crissinger

Andy Crissinger

Coach, Facilitator & Director of Coaching

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Chris VandenBrink

Chris VandenBrink

Coach & Facilitator

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Episode Description

Inquiry is an incredibly central and important skill, but it’s often underemphasized or even overlooked in the world of leadership. In this clip, coaches Andy Crissinger and Chris Vandenbrink share why adding inquiry as an additional tool in your toolkit can be in service of you, your team, and the work that you’re trying to do together.

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“Inquiry is an incredibly central and important leadership skill, but one that’s often overlooked or not emphasized as much in the world of leadership.” – Andy Crissinger

“If the leader is always speaking from a place of certainty that doesn’t make it really safe for others to ask questions or not have the answers.” – Andy Crissinger

“A leader only speaking with certainty and from a place of advocacy and not modeling inquiry can actually keep really valuable information from finding its way out of silos and into the general knowledge base.” – Andy Crissinger

“Scaling is not just hiring more people that are going to be automatons to implement the work. Scaling is all about hiring people that can learn to think for themselves and solve the challenge in new frontiers. And inquiry as a means or a mechanism to scale is incredibly valuable.” – Chris VandenBrink

“The humble inquiry on the part of a leader actually can help contribute to a sense of psychological safety on the part of others with less positional power and less positional authority.” – Andy Crissinger

“Inquiry is not just for us to use on other people, can also be incredibly helpful to get curious about what’s going on for us.” – Chris VandenBrink

“Self-inquiry should actually proceed all of our other outward work as leaders.” – Andy Crissinger

“Some of the words that we might track that will let us know whether we’re in open and honest mode is “what, how, where, and when.” – Chris VandenBrink

“Don’t use inquiry as a way to soften direction. It’s just a different skill.” – Andy Crissinger