Becoming a better listener can make you a more effective leader in whatever leadership role you’re in. Whetheryou’re listening to your kids recount their days at school or in a meetingreceiving feedback from your employees, it’s important that you listencarefully and become more mindful of what is said between the lines.
As a leader, it’s not always easy to know what subordinates are thinking. They seem to hold back about concerns and problems because they don’t want the leader to think them a complainer or that they have a bad attitude. But, the leader who is able to listen to clearly vital relationships of trust and let others know their best interests are important.
One of the ways a true leader that cause is by learning body language, being able to discern moods, facial expressions and knowing behavioral issues. A good listener can easily discern changes in a subordinate’s demeanor and whether or not they’re truly engaged intheir work. They know instinctively how to turn it around and create a more positive and thriving atmosphere.If you’re a good listener, you must
also develop compassion and empathy for those who look up to you as a leader.
Someone in your team may have issues at home or other personal problems that
cause their performance or attitude at work to suffer. They may not want to reveal personal
problems to you because they feel it might lower your perception of them and
hurt their work reviews or prohibit promotions or other rewards. You won’t see “good listener” as a
requirement in a job description, but it’s a good trait to bring up during the
interview. A good Human Resources person or interviewer will recognize that
listening is a great quality for a future leader in their company or
organization. One way to become an effective
listener is to show that you care about your subordinates (that also works
within a family). They’ll be much more likely to come to you with problems and
alert you to possible ramifications that may happen to the team and your goals
if a problem isn’t solved. Aligning yourself with your employees
also helps you become a good leader. By engaging yourself in matters that
concern employees and letting them know that you’ll be there during personal or
professional hardships, you’ll be setting yourself up to know and understand
what matters most.
Are you listening for the message others are communicating?