#review&reflect: Taking a Look Back to Take a Step Forward with Listening

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. ~Ernest Hemingway

This is TheSchoolHouse302 monthly #review&reflect, wrapping up our focus on listening.

What skills do I need to master to improve the skill of listening to lead better and grow faster?

Review: This month’s focus on listening was born from four powerful interviews we conducted and how each one, in their own unique way, touched on the topic of listening as a critical part of leadership. Know that you have to consciously develop and hone your listening skills to improve. There are specific strategies and techniques that enable leaders to grow so they listen more effectively in order lead successfully. Read more here.

Reflect: Listening is a skill and, unfortunately, as John Maxwell has said, too often leaders talk first and too much. As a leader, how well do you listen to those you lead.

What should I read to continually learn and grow if I want to be a better listener?

Review: In our #readthisseries we featured It’s Not About the Coffee by Howard Behar, among other titles. You can’t miss our #readthisseries on listening. Watch it again here.

Reflect: Do I listen with more than my ears? Great leaders have learned how to enter a room and gauge the atmosphere by “getting a feeling.” Are you in touch with the culture and climate of your organization?

What does an expert have to say about listening?

Review: For our #onethingseries, we interviewed Judge Dan Walzl. As a former public defender and now a judge, Dan provides us with keen insight on how to listen with the sole desire to truly hear what people are saying. Listen here.

Reflect: When you listen, are you impartial and neutral, freeing yourself from preconceived ideas? Or, are you simply waiting until the person speaking is done talking, prepared to respond even before hearing their whole perspective?

That’s our #review&reflect for listening. Take a look back to take a step forward.

TheSchoolHouse302 is about getting to simple and maximizing effective research-based strategies that empower individuals to lead better and grow faster.

Please let us know how our leadership posts are working for you, what you are reading to improve yourself, and your thoughts on leadership and growth here on our blog and Twitter.

Joe & T.J.

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