Listening as Leadership Tool

Listening as tool

Leadership Tip of the week,

adapted from HBR

What do you think?  best question asked to set up listening

Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool

Listening can be a challenging skill to master and  three levels of listening have been identified:

  1. Internal listening- your own mind talk is focused on your own thoughts, worries, and priorities, even as you pretend you’re focusing on the other person
  2. Focused Listening-is being able to focus on the other person, but you’re still not connecting fully to them. The phone may be down and you may be nodding in agreement, but you may not be picking up on the small nuances the person is sharing
  3. 360degree listening This is where the magic happens. You’re not only listening to what the person is saying, but how they’re saying it — and, even better, what they’re not saying, like when they get energized about certain topics or when they pause and talk around

The impact on Leadership of moving quickly through your mindtalk to 360 degree listening can’t be underestimated.

Three Tips to Listen Better for Ninja 360 listening skills

  1. Look People in the Eye
  2. Create space in your day
  3. Ask more Questions

Full Article by Melissa Daimler @Twitter

http://www.hbr.org/2016/05/listening-is-an-overlooked-leadership-tool

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Author: mannmannandrew

Throughout my career I have been about building strong commercial relationships across an organisation, enabling and building data driven capability and leading teams encouraging them to develop industry leading solutions for customers. Ideas develop from collaboration, listening, observing and learning

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