Business man pointing the text: Leaders ListenIn today’s fast-paced world we can hear a lot around us, but do we really listen to what we are hearing? If we're being honest, the answer is likely no.  Yet as a leader, when you don't fully listen you miss-out on opportunities to learn, grow, and even prosper your businesses, your team and even your family relationships and the community issues you care about most; all because you aren't tuned in and really listening to what is being said.

If we all actively listened to the people around us (if we were are present to what is flowing through our ears and into our brains, instead of thinking about other things at the same time), our world would be much, much different. Think about the hurt feelings, make-wrongs, and misunderstandings that could be avoided if we really listened to what was being said!

Why are we so disinterested in actually listening to what others have to say? Are we really so self-absorbed that what others say isn’t important to us? Of course, not! But our lack of listening does create a disconnect, where those who need you to hear them, can be left feeling as if you don’t care.

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Listen Concept Metal Letterpress Word In DrawerYour spouse has had a rough day at work and is telling you about their day.  Instead of listening you are preparing your rebuttal of how much worse your day was.  Your spouse leaves the room.

How did that happen?  Were you really listening? 

You are at a conference and excited for the topic of the day. You had heard that the speaker was awesome and had a lot of good information to impart. You are ready to take notes. The speaker greets the participants and the next thing you know the conference is over and you got nothing out of the session.

What happened? What took over your thoughts and kept you from really listening? 

By not really listening to what is, and often is not, being said, we miss out on so much! From building strong relationships with those around us, to learning, growing and teaching in both our personal and professional lives, listening plays a vital role in how we connect with the world around us.

Here are the Qualities of a Great Listener

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