The next element and step in leading with intention, and a requirement to creating a shared understanding, is to listen and inquire to understand what others are thinking, seeing, and feeling. I call this “intentional inquiry,” the act of inquiring and listening in alignment to your intention for the relationship. As a leader, you’ll be reminded again and again of the importance of listening and its contribution to your effectiveness. In fact, it is key to being successful in just about anything you do as leader.

It is important to remember that, by definition, leadership is the art of influencing others to act. ...

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