Why Curiosity Is an Essential Leadership Trait

Curiosity and the willingness to learn and grow are essential to any successful leader. After all, there are goals to constantly strive for, new innovations and materials to be studied, and information to be learned.

Moreover, there are plenty of benefits to being curious as a leader. Here are just a few of those benefits.


Curiosity is what encourages employees to look for critical information not only from one another but from leaders. By being curious about developments in the industry, you show them that you are invested in learning and growing.

Curious leaders also tend to take the challenging situations on with a more creative eye. That curiosity ultimately fosters a better performance by encouraging people to find new and different solutions to an existing problem.


One of the most critical aspects of being a leader is inspiring the team, right? Well, one of the best ways to motivate the team is to show that you, as the leader, are trying to grow and improve as well. Perhaps something such as a workshop would be beneficial. Task each staff member to think up a viable solution to the problem at hand.

Curiosity is also seen as being just as essential as intelligence. Curiosity is what helps leaders to improve and innovate the existing methods. It is also what helps leaders capture the proper information to drive their team forward and achieve the tasks and goals laid out before them.

Encourages Learning

No matter what role we play, both in work and in life, we should always be striving to learn. By learning and growing through experiences, we become better at what we do. Not only that, but we tend to learn new and more creative methods for problem-solving.

Curious leaders ask themselves all the time what unique challenges they face. They ask questions that relate to the problem. They listen to their team members, inviting constructive discussion. They know there is always new information to be gleaned.

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Published by Dan Idhenga

Based in New York, Dan Idhenga is intrigued by the realms of business, entrepreneurship, and finance. Currently, he is studying to receive his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York, from which he expects to graduate in June of 2020. With a concentration in finance, a minor in political science, and sweeping interests in global affairs and macroeconomics, Dan is looking forward to diving head-first into the workforce upon receiving his degree. Throughout his academic career, Dan Idhenga has been presented with incredible opportunities to undergo personal and professional growth, both through internships and other leadership activities made available to him through Baruch College. He has actively participated in the school’s chapter of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), 50Five Capital/Baruch Fund, and Delta Sigma Pi, the Professional Business Fraternity.

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