If you’re reading this from a computer in the US and you’ve watched any TV in the last six months, you might think this post has something to do with the commercial with a couple in a two different bath tubs… but alas, nope! 😀
It has simply been my experience that leaders who listen and learn… are able to lead a team longer than those who don’t. And it sounds easy, but when you’re in the mix of getting it all done daily, it’s hard to listen to much more than the beat of your own tune made when typing fast on that next email. When you’re rushing from fire drill to fire drill, it’s hard to take the time to learn what got you there in the first place.
It’s worth it. Take the time. Stop to smell the … well, roses, or the pile of stuff you’re in and examine what got you to where you want to be and where you are. If they are the same, then develop the process that allows you to repeat what you did well and become an even better leader.
On listening… why is it important? Well, how do you become a leader? First, you do it by listening to the needs of the group, team, organization, or committee long enough to find out their needs and then offering an idea or solution or skill. How do you become a better leader longer? Listen to the outcomes and results of the solution you suggested so that you can see the tweaks needed to do it even better next time around.
Leaders also communicate, delegate, motivate, and many other ate words, but what they don’t do is EAT their words as often when they listen and learn from all the available sources, including that team they have the privilege of leading. You did know that listening is contagious, too, yes? If you do it to them, there’s a good chance they’ll do it to you.
Monica Wofford, MBA, CSP, is an international speaker, trainer, and author who helps managers who were promoted, actually become prepared to lead.