Listening is a skill we often overlook when in a leadership position. When we have control of our employees often times we don’t allow others to properly voice their opinions. The fact is, listening is one of the greatest opportunities we as leaders have to learn new information and ideas. Listening Aggressively shows respect to the other person and allows them to be more confident in their work.
If you do not listen aggressively to others when they speak, it can cause communication problems throughout your organization. Not only do you not miss important information that may be presented to you, you also can miss out on great innovative ideas that could benefit you and your organization.
I learned to listen as a young child as most people do. I can clearly recall my mother telling me to shut up and listen when I was in trouble. It is essential to listen in order to learn what mistakes you have made and how to prevent them from happening again. It is a very simple idea that in order to learn and develop yourself as a leader you must be able to listen. Make it a habit, remind yourself during conversations that there is a great chance the other person speaking has something important to say. By doing so you will notice that your relationship with other will grow and more opportunities will be presented to you.
Listening is a great way to show people you value their thoughts and opinions. It gives them a sense of comfort and makes them feel you really care about what they have to say. It shows them respect when you give them your time and focus which is important in any relationship. Listening to others in an organization will greatly benefits you as a leader and allow you to connect with your employees far beyond the basic yes sir and no sir. This skill is among the top qualities you can have as a leader and will help you succeed as a great leader.
Here are some video links that will further help you see the importance of listening for leaders.