Listening skills are extremely valuable in leadership. Some leaders learn to be good listeners at a young age while others spend many years learning to listen and still struggle. As a leader, you probably have many interactions with other leaders.
I am sure many of you have dealt with leaders that didn’t listen to anyone. You may have also seen leaders that only listened to the advice of their very close friends or immediate coworkers. In these situations, was it hard to deal with the leader? How did you manage to work together as a team? Leaders that fit this mold have not learned good listening skills.
The Importance of Listening Skills
As leaders, it is very important to learn listening skills. Listening effectively is far more than just hearing the words coming out of the mouths of others. When you have good listening skills, you fully engage with those you speak with. You not only hear the words people are saying, you pay complete attention to understand everything they are saying.
When you are a leader, there are three groups of people you are required to listen to regularly. They are your employees/subordinates, coworkers/equals, and the bosses/higher-ups. You will want to have enhanced listening skills when you listen to these three groups to be an effective leader. So why should you listen to each group? [Read more…] about Learn Effective Listening Skills