As a leader, how can you show your team that you value them and respect their ideas?
Listen to them.
Most leaders have good intentions of listening, yet how often do you realize the following has happened:
You nod and smile and pretend to listen, but your mind is somewhere else
You don’t give a team member your full attention (looking down at your phone or elsewhere)
You listen for space to be able to speak yourself rather than truly listening to what the other person is saying
You make a judgment of the speaker rather than listening to their words
You start to listen and then have a better idea yourself
You decide on your own viewpoint before listening and then don’t really listen at all
You cut the speaker off
Imagine the difference it could make if you took the time to really listen to what your team has to say.
Are you concerned your communications skills may be holding you back?
Contact me now to discuss working with me and elevating your communication skills. I work with senior leaders, emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who want to develop exceptional communication skills. I offer executive coaching, workshops and training designed to help you, or your team communicate with clarity, confidence and conviction.