Socratic Management Techniques For the Modern Leader

How to get more from your team by doing less.

Anthony Vicino
Mar 29, 2018 · 8 min read
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Because teams who’ve been trained to go to their manager for answers have inadvertently been trained to stop looking for answers themselves.

The first step towards that end, is teaching them how to find answers for themselves.


Questions are the best type of teacher because they stimulate critical thinking.

Use questions to weed out the good options from the bad.

Ask “what” and “how” based questions instead of “why”.


“What’s the real difficulty here for you?”

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“What are the options?”

“In the past, I’ve experienced this…”


“From how you’ve described the problem, I would probably try… but you’re free to pursue the option that makes the most sense to you.”



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