You can learn the most when you keep your questions simple and open-ended. Since you don’t know what you don’t know, you typically have to give others the opportunity to tell you what they think you should know.
Why, what, when, where, and how are still the gold standard. If you ask the right questions, you will always find the right answers.
Communication is key to leadership. But it isn’t easy to communicate effectively because communication is a two-way street. This makes communications particularly challenging when those to whom you are speaking are being bombarded by conflicting messages while interacting with one another to achieve their goals in complex organizations.
Ask simple questions. Ask them often and listen carefully to the answers. They may may tell you what to say next.