IS “BOTHERING TO LISTEN” THE LEADERSHIP WE NEED RIGHT NOW?

16 Nov

I saw this quote on social media: “Being a leader means bothering to listen.”

The word “bother” may have different connotations across the globe, but in my neck of the woods it feels like we must do better than merely “bothering” to listen to our team members.

We must embrace listening to our team members.

We must look forward to listening.

We must take joy in doing so.

We must listen when we disagree.

We must listen when there is conflict.

We must listen when there is concern, even fear.

We must listen when there is joy and celebration.

We must listen.

We most go beyond “bothering” to listen to embracing the act.

Why?

When folks are heard, truly heard, there is more engagement

When they are heard, truly heard, there is more inspiration and creativity.

When they are heard, there is more commitment.

According to research from my friend and colleague Dr. Brad Shuck, outstanding, compassionate, leaders are present for their team members, listen actively and without distraction, and stay in the moment.

Leaders who listen are leaders who inspire and engage their teams.

Are you listening?

#leadership #compassionateleadership #employeeengagement

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