Leaders Are Listeners

 

Listening is a powerful and magnetic force. Have you ever noticed this? The people who listen to us are the ones that draw us closer. So, it makes sense why improved listening skills can make you a more effective leader. Whether you’re listening to your kids or in a meeting receiving feedback from your employees, it’s essential that you listen carefully and become more mindful of what others are saying between the lines.

As a leader, it’s not always easy to know what subordinates are thinking. It's quite common for those who speak out about their concerns to be labeled as complainers or having a bad attitude. Depending on the culture, there may be fears or frustrations around communication.

But, the leader who can listen clearly will develop relationships of trust and let others know their voice has value.

One of the ways a true leader can listen is by learning body language, being able to discern moods, facial expressions, and knowing behavioral issues....

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