Tag: Listening


One of the most challenging components of communication is listening.

We are easily distracted by our cell phone, computer, local environment, and a hundred other factors.

We often think of leaders as those out front, giving instruction, direction, and orders.

However, there are several critical reasons leaders must learn the art of listening.

Listening helps you connect with people.
Listening helps you gain a better understanding of their needs.
Listening helps you develop stronger concentration.

Learn to listen with your ears, eyes, and heart. As challenging as it is, being a good listener will change the nature of your leadership.

Listening Leaders

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.

The Power of Listening…

In leadership, communication becomes critical to the success of building relationships and reaching goals.

Leaders who communicate well are able to articulate the vision, inspire the actions of others, and strengthen the character of an organization to achieve long-lasting rewards.

However, the foundation for these three areas requires the ability to actively listen.

When leaders do not listen, they communicate a lack of concern or care about the other person.

If leaders take time to be silent, remove distractions, focus on the person speaking, and truly listen, amazing results occur.

Leaders build stronger relationships, encourage followers, and take steps to achieve their goals.