“You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” – M. Scott Peck
Leadership in this day and time is not about an individual’s dreams, or their personal plans and goals; it is about the successful implementation of an idea. And ideas are successfully implemented through people, by the effort of teams. Hence a successful leader understands the importance of teamwork.
We build teams not by ordering people around, telling them what to do and forcing our expectations down their throats, but by inviting them to work with us, always being respectful of their opinions. In teamwork there really is no room for “I want this”, “I want that”. It’s more like “how can we achieve this?”, “what is the best way to go about this?”, “What are your thoughts on this?”
Team work is vital to the success of any company or organization. The ability of the leader to communicate – ideas and strategies to members is key to the proper functioning of any system. And what makes communication effective (especially in the long run) is the ability of the leader to LISTEN (not so much to speak, or articulate an idea, but to be receptive to what others have to say).
“We’re either listening and leading. Or commanding and dictating to nowhere.”
Like most aspects of life, communication is a two way street. People listen to us when we listen to them. Information is better received when individuals believe themselves, their choices and needs to have been part of the decision making process. This explains why successful companies are always asking for feedback, regularly sharing comments by clients and partners, and never fail to reassure the public that their opinions count.
Listening is an indication that the leadership is paying attention.
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