Updated: Oct 15, 2018
Get Smart: Listen more than you talk!
This is my 4th of 12 posts about how to be among the Best Leaders. In these, I provide inspiration for everyone seeking professional and personal growth as a leader of people, projects, groups, teams and organizations. I welcome your comments and feedback.
To be smart, you must listen more than you talk. However, somewhere along the line and especially in our Western culture, talking a lot, being outgoing, loud, and demanding attention became synonymous with leadership. We talk about qualities like listening, collaboration, and inclusion, but these are not yet seen as the dominant leader traits. (Maybe because they are less obvious.) No matter what is popular. Listening provides information and insight. Information is power. You can’t listen if you’re talking. So, as they say, close your mouth and open your ears – and your eyes – so you can take in all the important nonverbal communication cues, as well.