Basics, Leaders

Leadership Back to Basics – Importance of Listening

When we have ideas that we think would really help our team, our project and our organization, we want to share our thoughts and have it taken into serious consideration. If we are deprived of the opportunity to contribute our ideas, we get frustrated, feel unappreciated and cannot put our full potential to practice. That’s the same exact feelings our teams will have if they are not being given the opportunity to share their ideas and contribute.

As leaders, we must recognize that everyone wants to be heard, and we must create an environment that nurtures and encourage collaboration and sharing of ideas. As much knowledge and experience we think we’ve gained throughout our careers, we are not perfect and we do not know everything. A fantastic line from C. S. Lewis, a renowned British author:

 “Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction.”

The ideas of your team members, combined together, will help you direct your path to the common goal for success. When one idea is shared from one member, it can spark other ideas from other members. Being able to harness the collective brain power of your team is the true skill of a great leader.

Making a decision without consideration of the ideas from others is doing you and your team a great disservice. You’ve spent so much time and effort to acquire great people with great skills, experience and thinking to work with you. Shutting them out of your decision making process goes against everything you’ve worked so hard to build. You have good teams and good people around you. Allow them to contribute, listen to what they have to share and be prepared to be amazed.

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