“Leaders who refuse to listen, will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing helpful to say”
I once heard someone say that if you want to be a more effective leader you have to be more interested, than interesting. This was followed with with what I believe is some of the best advice I have ever received. That as a leader, in order for you to really be effective, that the number of questions you ask must outweigh the number of statements that you make. This has always been incredibly convicting for me and is something that I continually work on improving.
The dangers of talking more than listening seem obvious, but why do so few people actually practice the true art of listening? Is it because they like the sound of their own voice? That they believe what they have to say is the most important thing? Or perhaps, they just don’t understand that the best way to impact and influence others comes through listening and seeking first to to understand BEFORE being understood.
If you aren’t really listening, then as Andy says, you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by people who only tell you what you want to hear….