to those they lead.
to those they are loved by.
to those they are loathed by.

Leaders listen

to loyal “customers.”
to other respectable leaders.
to people who hold them accountable.

Leaders listen

for potential problems.
for constructive feedback.
for possible opportunities.

Leaders listen

when it is inconvenient.
when they need to understand.
when they don’t know what to do.

Leaders listen

because they care.
because those they lead need to be heard.
because they understand that if they don’t know one else will.

In the final analysis, I am confident that, ultimately,
Leaders listen because leaders love.

It has become clear to me that
If I do not choose to love more, I will not choose to listen more.

But on the other side of the coin, I know that
As my desire to love grows, my ability to listen will improve.

So with that said, let’s commit to love and listen more this upcoming year. Whatdya’ say?