Questions are always more important than answers, because it is the questions that frame and direct the conversation. A question always (to some extent) predetermines the range of solutions and answers.
Creative leaders find ways to ask new questions, unexpected questions, paradigm-shifting questions.
I believe that mentors need to offer the GIFT of asking new questions to those they mentor.
Here is an OLD QUESTION: How do I, the leader, get the people to follow my vision?
And of course, there are endless workshops, articles and books (including Andy Stanley's) on new and improved, better than before vision casting! But somehow vision continues to leak. Maybe our need is to find a new question.
Here is a POSSIBLE NEW QUESTION: How do I, the leader, help people discover and pursue their own visions?
I have run this one past a lot of "visionary leaders" in the last year and for some of them, the lights go on, they have an "aha" moment and a new way begins to emerge. If you re-read those two questions, it is quickly obvious that they will lead to very different "ways" of leading!
The old question simply tries to find a better way for the leader to be a Vision-Caster. The new question suggests the leader may be better as a Vision Multiplier or Vision-Releaser.
For the old question - the leader will function in highly directive leadership ways that motivate others on the leader's vision. For the new question - the leader will have to discover empowering styles of leadership that enable the others to discover and move into their vision.
What are your troubling old questions that may need to be reframed? Get out a piece of paper. Write down the old question. Now try writing at least three or four new questions. This is not a skill that is immediately learned. It takes time.
Check out this website for some help on asking new questions.
And even though it is a long and difficult (at places) read, check out Senge's The Fifth Discipline if this is an area of interest for you. Senge tries to help organizations learn how to become learning organizations who think in new ways, in part, by asking new questions.
Ron Martoia also did some really good stuff on this. I have it buried in my files someplace and I'll try to find it and make it available to you sometime.