Do you remember the last time you talked and listened to someone around you, completely free of distractions? In the past, I’ve written about the importance of making an effort to listen thoughtfully. You can apply this lesson to many facets of your life, whether professional or personal.
As important as your management skills are in a leadership position, your ability to listen actively and to hear those around you can be equally as impactful. Consider this: it can be difficult for a leader to understand the struggles and motivations of their team members unless they make the effort to really listen to them. Entrepreneurs, and leaders in general, may very well find new ideas and ways to solve problems by listening to the thoughts of their team members. And, when your team feels heard, you can foster trust within your organization.