If your employer, direct report, or friend does something that doesn't make sense, clarify with them why they did what they did. Asking questions can add clarity to situations that seem off-putting. It creates transparency in relationships and can build trust.
As a leader, you can exemplify this by not being afraid to ask clarifying questions.
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