Role of Curiosity

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Jolanta Wos

If curiosity has the potential to trigger an individual's quest to bridge the existing knowledge gaps, its role is essential to increasing the level of comprehension and possibly influence further leadership skills. This aspect of curiosity comprises of several dimensions, which are displayed in the following figure: [1]

Figure 1: Role of Curiosity as adopted from Harvey

The components of this model interact with each other creating a unique level of curiosity intensity in each individual:

- provides motivation for an individual to iteratively proceed through knowledge process in order to progress from the unknown to the stage of the desired knowledge level. [2]
* Curiosity Categories: for further information regarding Curiosity Categories, see Topology of Curiosity
* Curiosity Types: for further information regarding Curiosity Types, see Topology of Curiosity

- acts as moderator of curiosity or lens through which curiosity is focused [1]
- to learn more about this concept, follow the link on mindfulness

  • Tacit Knowlege:
- implicit knowledge, originating mainly from experience or high level of familiarity
- is usually more difficult to transfer from one individual to another, apart from on the job training [1]

  • Codified Knowlege:
- expressed in generally recognised symbols
- examplified through: [1]
* Grammatical statements
* Mathematical expressions
* Manuals
* Company rules
* Operating procedures

  • Intuition:
- subconscious state of undefined origin
- extends the limits of rational reasoning
- acts as complementary factor to curiosity
- occurs as a result of mature and trained curiosity
- The benefits of allowing an individual rely on her or his intuition are plenty. Some of them involve: [1]
* accelerated managing skills when deciding on a specific course of action
* refined decision-making process
* expedited individual advancement
* facilitation of greater congriuty between the spontaneous decision and the right course of action

For further information regarding the role of Curiosity in the Adaptive Cycle go back to Group 2 Student Lecture.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harvey, Michael., Novicevic, Milorad., Leonard, Nancy., Payne, Dinah., The Role of Curiosity in Global Managers' Decision-Making. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 2007, Vol.13, No.3, p.44
  2. Loewenstein, G., The psychology of curiosity: A review and interpretation. Psychological Bulletin, 1994, Vol.116, No.1, p.75-98


Jolanta Wos