Listening is a big part of being a human being. Wouldn’t you agree? We cannot stand when people do not listen to us and we get annoyed when we did not listen well enough to someone and we forgot something important.
Leadership requires that you listen. Listening requires that you be quiet and let other people talk a lot of the time.
Here are 3 principles to become a better listener:
Give Your Undivided Attention
This is so important in our fast-paced world where everyone is thinking about their next meeting, task, or event. But, to listen well as a leader you must give the person you are listening to your full undivided attention. Turn off your mind from “more important” things. Turn off your devices or at least ignore their beeps and buzzes.
If you do not do this you will not be communicating that you truly were listening and here is a news flash: you were not truly listening.
Do Not Try to Fix all the world’s problems at once
This involves listening over time. This is a problem I have seen in some high-capacity leaders. The need to fix all the problems brought up in a conversation at once. I think the root of doing this is “this person is going to keep bothering me unless I address this right now.” A lot of good listening takes place over time not just all at once. Remember that when you are tempted to end the conversation for good right then and there.
Truly Care About the Person
To truly care about a person you must listen to them. The times I have been blown off and not listened to are the times I feel that person does not care about me. On way to powerfully communicate to people that you care about them is to attentively and actively listen to them.
Listening is a very important characteristic for a leader to develop. The people that are lead by us need to know that we care about them. One of the best ways to communicate that you care for a person is to listen well.
How have you developed as a listener?
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