There are many "tactics" you must employ as a leader to lead effectively. Inspiring vision casting. Engaging team meetings. Desirable rewards and incentives. Timely recognition and appreciation. Ample space and time to accomplish tasks. The list goes on and on.
Though the methods listed above are all very important in leading a team, I am convinced that the secret, silent "weapon" that can be used to gain more influence with those you lead than you may realize is...listening.
Not talking. Not explaining. Not teaching. Not convincing. Not training. Not inspiring. Not directing. LISTENING.
If you're not listening, you're not leading.
Are you aware of the thoughts, feelings, concerns, ambitions, desires, and motivations of those you lead? Are you sensitive to how those you lead feel about their role? Are you cognizant of how those you lead are feeling about their work load? Are you in tune with what those you lead think about you?
If you don't know the answers to these questions, you are missing out on tremendous insight that can be used to be a more effective leader.
So, how can you get the answers to the questions listed above? How can you become a better listener? How can you become more aware of what your team is actually thinking and feeling?
ASK GREAT QUESTIONS.
The quality of your questions has a direct impact on the quality of the information you receive to lead well. In tomorrow's post, I will share "5 Questions Every Great Leader Asks," but in the meantime, please share your thoughts on the following question...
Why is listening, often times, a challenge for leaders? Please leave your comments below, I'd really like to know!