So often as leaders, we want to get our thoughts, ideas, directions, and instructions out to those we lead. We want to make sure our voices are being heard and our ways are being followed. There is a time as leaders for our voices to be heard and ways to be followed. Yet, there are times we need to listen to the voices of those we lead. By learning to listen to those we lead we, our organizations, churches, businesses, or teams will become more effective in fulfilling their missions. Great leaders are great listeners. Below are six reasons some leaders do not listen and six reasons great leaders do!
Six Reasons Some Leaders Don't Listen
1. They Feel Threatened.
2. They Feel Attacked.
3. They Feel Inferior.
4. They Feel Weak.
5. They Feel Insecure.
6. They Feel Superior.
Six Reasons Great Leaders Listen
1. They are humble.
2. They know they can learn from those they lead.
3. They know there are good ideas among those they lead.
4. They want to grow personally.
5. They want the organization to grow and develop.
6. They want to create team ownership.
Great leaders understand it is not a weakness if they listen to the thoughts, ideas, and concerns of their leaders. They understand listening is actually a strength. It does not show weakness if a leaders genuinely listens, but displays great strength. By refusing to listen, leaders miss out on obtaining important information that would help grow the organization. However, by listening, important information is obtained which helps grow the organization. This week focus on being a leader who genuinely listens to those you lead, apply what you can to your organization, and watch what happens among those you lead and within your organization.