278: Dr. Diane Hamilton – Leadership is Being Curious

What was done well in the past may not work that well today. We’re seeing this pattern repeatedly; it’s time for leaders to break the status quo and get curious again!

Dr. Diane Hamilton is a nationally syndicated radio host, keynote speaker, and the former MBA Program Chair at the Forbes School of Business. She has authored multiple books required in universities around the world, including Cracking the Curiosity Code and The Power of Perception.

Dr. Hamilton is the Curiosity Code Index® assessment creator, which is the first and only assessment that determines the factors that inhibit curiosity. In this episode, we will dive a bit deeper into her insights on curiosity and how it’s integral to leadership.

Jump right into the episode and crack the code of curiosity in leadership.

On this episode:

  • Dr. Hamilton talks about her background in sales and software and how it built the foundation for her to go into leadership. 
  • How do you assess curiosity? Dr. Hamilton explains how she arrived at her model for assessing curiosity and taking it further by helping people build up a low curiosity. 
  • Let’s break down the 4 factors that inhibit curiosity – F.A.T.E.
  • Leadership is a task that we thought we were prepared for, but the pandemic taught us we weren’t. Find out Dr. Hamilton’s thoughts on having foresight and proactivity in leadership. 
  • Leaders need to raise the bar for themselves. Dr. Hamilton explains that one of the ways to do that is to get around people who are more intelligent than you.
  • Find out more about how employees need and want growth. To keep the best, you have to be the best yourself. Dr. Hamilton reveals how perception plays a big part in making you a respected leader.

Key Takeaways:

  • Curiosity is like cake; you have to turn on the oven to bake the ingredients
  • You need to build curiosity into your core values and emulate what you want to see
  • F.A.T.E – fear, assumptions, technology, and environment 
  • Leaders need to be proactive and have the foresight to get out of status quo thinking
  • You can’t be the smartest person in the room, or else you’re not growing
  • Curiosity needs to be rewarded in your team and yourself

Tweetable Quotes:

“[Curiosity] is a huge discussion about how to be innovative, how to engage all the ingredients of the cake that everybody’s trying to fix and nobody knows that we’re not turning on the oven.” – Dr. Diane Hamilton

“We need to get out of status quo thinking… Just because we’ve done it right in the past and it worked great then, doesn’t mean it’s going to work well in the future.” – Dr. Diane Hamilton

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Connect with Dr. Hamilton on Facebook and LinkedIn. Do you want to improve your workplace’s behavior, performance, and culture? Check out https://drdianehamilton.com/ to make it happen.

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