Effective listening is a skill and it must be learned and practiced. Put this crucial skill in your leadership toolbox and you are more likely to inspire excellence and dedication from those you lead than if you only focus on results. Effective listening is more than just hearing the words someone is saying. It takes energy and immense focus. What words they are saying is just the first part. What is their tone? What is their body language saying?
Building positive relations is an important part of leadership, and listening is key to building good relationships. Effectively listening to others lets them know that you are interested in their needs, as well as what they’re trying to say. Remember, they don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. When people feel that you care about them, it will make them more likely to follow your leadership.