49The Best Advice Ever

Become a Better Listener

NOW THAT YOU’VE READ this far, you should have a few ideas for developing your leadership skills and taking your game to the next level. That’s great. But let’s say you’re in a staff meeting or a one-on-one with a direct report and something is still nagging at you. You’ve gotten good at self-evaluation, so you know there is one critical skill left to work on. That skill is listening. You just aren’t listening very well to the conversations around you. Oh, you hear the words, but you know you’re not listening effectively. You know what? You’re probably right. Many leaders aren’t great listeners, and yet listening is one of the most important skills to possess as a leader. If you do nothing else ...

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