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A Good Leader Listens.
Have you ever been talking to you boss and trying to communicate an urgent point, and you can tell that your boss is thinking about other things? He’s only waiting until you stop talking for a nano-second to tell you something he thinks is more important. I still gets surprised when this happens to me.
So many failures of leadership could be avoided by listening well in the first place. But, here’s the surprise. This is actually a spiritual problem.
A spiritually mature person is an excellent listener.
Truly listening helps those who lead not just to properly assess what is really happening so one can choose a good response, but it also helps a Leader find new talent to raise up new Leaders. Leadership is all about influence, and influencing others to be spiritually mature as they lead is crucial. In case you haven’t noticed the examples of immature and failed leadership are legion.
When we mentor others we must be attuned to what ones their gifts to lead others well. Too often we skip this part on our way to imparting our “wisdom” and getting them to absorb what we have to offer them.
Good Listening skills are rare and under-developed, so to get better at listening start by paying attention.
Did you ever have a boss who didn’t listen? Let me know.
Tomorrow I’ll talk about the next thing that makes a good Leader: INVITATION
Come back and read it tomorrow!