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Leaders Should Be Active Listeners

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Leaders need to be active listeners in order to be successful. A leader who simply dictates solutions, problems and demands to their team will find that they are continually having to deal with issues that arise because of an unwillingness by their team to communicate with them. A leader who takes a participatory role and seeks to actively engage their team in a meaningful way will gain a lot more respect and be more effective at accomplishing their goals. Ron Bonnstetter shares additional advice with us on how to be a more active listener. 

Communication is the key to success in almost every aspect of our lives. When we consider our role in this process, we far too often think about giving information, talking. But the real richness of communication lies in our ability to listen. This silent skill can make the difference in our success or failure.

Most people speak at 100 to 175 words per minute, but the mind can process up to 300 words per minutes. Because of this gap, it is easy to lose attention; before we know it, we are thinking about other things. With this in mind, it is obvious the skill of active listening is crucial to both business and our personal life.

More at The Business of Listening: Gaining… | TTI Performance, Ltd.

We can begin to understand why our attention wanders at times when we are having a conversation. Every leader should have the goal of becoming a more active listener to gain enhanced communication with their team. This will help to establish a solid relationship as well as define your leadership style as an effective communicator. Actively listening is a skill that must be practiced to keep proficient. Leaders should be active listeners to most effectively communicate with their team and achieve high results.


Leadership Needs Workers With Emotional Intelligence

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Workers with emotional intelligence are an asset for any leadership team. Emotional Intelligence is a buzz word heard flying around these days in the offices of hiring managers, sales leaders, and many others. People with high emotional intelligence are in great demand due to their ability to communicate effectively with those around them. Emotional intelligence can be described as the way a person perceives and interprets the emotions behind what someone they come in contact with says in order to respond appropriately and effectively. Harry Urschel tells us why employers want emotional intelligence in their work force.

For some people it’s innate. It may be a natural part of their personality, or something they’ve learned through their upbringing and their family dynamics. However, it is something that can be learned and developed whether you already have it or not.

It primarily comes down to effective listening and observation!

Too often, people don’t really listen to the people they are conversing with. They are more preoccupied with what they are going to say next, rather than paying close attention to what the other person is saying, or how they are expressing themselves with their body language. Listening, not only to their words, but also to their voice inflections, their boldness or uncertainty, their comfort or irritation, or other aspects of their tone. Observing, not only their lips, but their stance and posture, evidence of stress or anxiousness, looks of concern, joy, curiosity, anger, caring, or boredom. Paying attention to all these things and more can give clues about the persons interest, concern, or other aspects of the conversation.

…More at Employers Want “Emotional Intelligence” | Career Rocketeer

Emotional Intelligence is becoming more important to us as human beings as we transfer to a plugged-in world where it is increasingly the norm for people who work together never to speak face-to-face. It becomes very important to have a highly developed emotional intelligence to be able to reliably read auditory clues that can give hint to a person's emotions. Great leaders typically have a high emotional intelligence for people to be willing to follow them. Leadership development should focus on emotional intelligence as a learned skill if it is not naturally part of a leader's repertoire. People with emotional intelligence are more apt to succeed because leadership relies on these people to help them connect their teams.