Critical Leadership Traits – The Art of Listening
This is the first article in my five part series on Leadership Traits.
In today’s busy world, our minds race at 100 mph for eight, ten, or twelve plus hours per day. Depending on the job you have, you may be in 50-100 conversations daily. Remember that texts and back and forth emails are considered conversations. Some of these are short and others go back and forth many times.
The art of listening is distilling information and then repeating an abbreviated version back to the other participants in many cases. You also have to determine the validity of the information being shared. Some is highly valid and some is a person speaking for air time and saying nothing material along the way. We all know what that looks like.
A few basic tips to increase your listening skills.
Mentally think about listening more that you are talking. For example, in interviews, if you are the interviewer, you should be doing 20% of the talking and 80% of the listening.
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