We love to talk. When we talk, we don’t have to listen to the blah, blah, blah of people’s lives. We never get sucked into the vortex of their problems. We don’t become vulnerable to our own inadequacies.
Worse still is that when others talk, we don’t really listen. Instead, we think about what we want to say and we just wait to jump in and say it.
Perhaps this is why people are more comfortable with talking.
Consider something Bernard Baruch said, “Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.”
Maybe we need to rethink our approach as leaders.