“Want to become a better leader? Stop talking and start listening.”
Nothing more to add… ok, there is some more to leadership than listening, but I believe that listening (and in essence understanding) is still the essential leadership skill. Again, not the invention of the wheel (e.g. it’s in Covey’s 7 habits) – but it’s absolutely worth reminding oneself about it over and over…
Back to Mike Myatt’s great article on leadership on forbes.com.
He’s got six easy to memorize but maybe not always so easy to apply tips for becoming a better listener (more details in the article) :
- It’s not about you
- You should never be too busy to listen The way that Mike describes this skill is also the essence of how social media and networking works. So it is a skill that everyone should use today, not just people managers.
- Listen to non-verbals
- Listen for opportunity 3 and 4 will be not so easy to learn and apply for some, as it involves quiet some intuition.
- Let listening be your calling card
- Recognize the contributions of others Not sure if this is really a listening skill, but it definitely is an important and easy to adept skill. Despite some contrary personal experiences I still believe that you grow by making others great.