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There is Power in Listening

There is Power in Listening

“A caring heart that listens is often more valued than an intelligent mind that talks.” – Michael Josephson Last week I asked the question, “are you a good listener” and challenged you to see if there was room for improvement in this area of your leadership. One of my favorite responses to last week’s blog was “Listen! Learn! Lead!” What a powerful summation of the power of listening in leadership. One of the biggest mistakes leaders make when addressing conflict, is they fail to really listen to what is being said. Additionally, they often allow their preconceived opinions and perceptions of the other person to influence what they hear and how they respond. When we allow preconceived ideas to influence our thinking and hearing, it impairs our ability to learn and lead effectively.  As women leaders, we set the tone for our team and we model the appropriate behavior. If we jump to conclusions, make assumptions, and fail to really listen to our team members, then we can definitely expect to see the same behaviors on our team. Think of someone you need to speak with our a behavior you need to address on your team (or family). What are some of your thoughts and opinions about this person? Do words such as “lazy”, “full of himself”, “rude”, “incompetent”, or the like come to mind? How do you respond to people who you believe fit that description versus those who don’t? Take a moment to evaluate your response to those who you may not regard in the highest esteem. Do you take the time to really listen or do you brush...