We have a vacuum of great leaders.

Leadership is always best defined as influence.  Every good leader desires to increase their effectiveness and develop as a better leader. The leadership craze has pathed the way to great resources and an unlimited supply of on-demand teachings.

It has been said that the most profound things in life are often the most simple. That resonates with leaders. And this post will be no exception to that thought. Leaders lose sight of simple things and choose complexity. This makes them feel smarter.

We overlook the power of listening and the power of speaking the right words. These two things carry the most effective way to influence others.

Author Mike Myatt says; Stop talking and start listening. Being a leader should not be viewed as a license to increase the volume of rhetoric. Rather astute leaders know there is far more to be gained by surrendering the floor than by dominating it.”

These are proven tools for great leadership.

Listen First

Most leaders talk before they listen. Good listeners are exceptional. Listening is the number one trait of effective leaders.

Don’t Interrupt

Many leaders interrupt the moment they perceive they have the solution to the problem. Leaders often speak too soon only to find out their input was off target and off point.  Not only does this create embarrassment, but also displays an apparent weakness as a good listener.

Seek to Understand

Listening is definitely the most significant way to show others that we legitimately care. People feel loved and appreciated when leaders discipline themselves to listen intently.

Once again, I will quote Mike Myatt; “Don’t be fooled into thinking being heard is more important than hearing. The first rule in communication is to seek understanding before seeking to be understood.”

Proverbs 18:13 … He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him. The Holy Scriptures are far more relevant than we realize.

This rule was written over 5,000 years ago and is very relevant to today.

These simple steps will make you a better leader and increase your influence.

This post is a simple reminder to leaders.  I would love for you to leave a comment.

I will reply.

See you next time.



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