Leadership tip of the week: Listening

Take the time to listen.

A close friend taught me to listen first and talk second. I was always amazed at how easily he connected with everyone. He was everybody’s best friend and always the most likable guy in the room. This was because he had mastered the art of listening. I made it a point to watch him and learn from his success. Those lessons continue to pay dividends to this day.

Listening is a skill every leader should master. It allows a leader to connect with their team and discover new things.

Everyone wants to be heard, and listening shows your team you respect them and care about what they have to say. This helps build a strong bond and trust between a leader and their team. Listening also allows leaders to discover new things about their organizations. When we talk, we can only share the things we already know. When we listen, we open ourselves to discovering new things. This helps leaders gain a better understanding of what is going on in and around their team.

Take time today to listen. You’ll be surprised what you learn.

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