Leadership Minute: Are You Listening?


The best way to listen is with your mouth shut. If you’re talking, you’re not listening. – Jesse Lyn Stoner

One of the most essential leadership skills you will ever develop and always use is the skill of listening. Are you hearing me? By listening you know what the other person is thinking, feeling, processing, and wrestling with. This skill is perfected when you are totally engaged and committed to hearing what the other person has to say. Listening can be rather casual at times. One tends to get the feeling you are not listening when you are glancing at your smart phone every two minutes or if you keep interrupting them. The art of listening and hearing the other person is saying happens when you give yourself fully, for however long, to the other person without interruption. Never underestimate the power of listening and for the value that it adds to your leadership. You not only are doing a service to the other person involved but you are growing your skills in the process. So do yourself a favor and listen up!


About dougdickerson

I am an internationally recognized leadership speaker, columnist, and author. My books include: "Leaders Without Borders: 9 Essentials for Everyday Leaders", "Great Leaders Wanted", "Leadership by the Numbers", and "It Only Takes a Minute: Daily Inspiration for Leaders on the Move". I live outside beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
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One Response to Leadership Minute: Are You Listening?

  1. Murray Lynn says:

    Nice article Doug. Listening is one of the most powerful yet often overlooked leadership skills. “Hey, I am the leader, shouldn’t everyone be listening to me?”

    Listening does more to help leaders influence people than most people realize. This is a great message that leaders need to pay attention to and work on everyday in order to strength their ability to lead.


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