Want to Be a Leader? Learn to Listen

One of the most important and often overlooked leadership skills is listening. If you can learn to develop active listening skills, your employees may be more willing to come to you when they have ideas or issues. This article states that often, so much time is spent strategizing in meetings that sometimes decisions are made with no input from those in the trenches. The author says that your employees are the true experts in their fields. Be willing to ask them how a decision will affect their duties. Ask if there is a better way. Ask how you could better support them, and then listen. Put away all distractions and really pay attention to what is said.  Hear their frustrations as well where they find pride in their work. Then take action on what is conveyed.