How to Be a Leader Who Listens

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  • jane rodriguez

    I need to control my talking, I never give the other person a chance to express.However I feel that I have to keep the conversation going.How do I learn to listen more.I enjoy your confrences. Jane R.

  • Monica Wofford

    Hello my friend! Great to hear from you Jane!

    Your question is a good one and listening more begins with wanting to hear what the other person has to say and I suppose that really begins with respect of the other person. I happen to know you respect a great many folks, so that is an easy one. Then you build up the confidence in knowing that what you have to say is valuable and that you will get your turn to share it.

    Sometimes we interrupt others in an effort to prove what we know or that we already know what they are saying or that we have more knowledge to add. Rather than spending time talking more so than you’d like, based on your comment, spend as much time as you’d like to talk… listening. It is amazing what we can gain when we quiet the voices in our head and really focus on what the other person is saying, as well as what they’re not saying. Make sense?

    Have a great day and of course, stay contagious!
    Monica

  • Ken

    Great read. With 28 years of military history under my belt, that sounded very familiar. Listening is a very neglected, but very important leadership skill. Thanks for sharing.

  • Monica Wofford

    Thanks for your feedback 🙂 Are there are other leadership skills you have noticed that are often neglected but are important as well?

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