When we think of leadership, we often picture someone speaking in front of the podium, or at the very least, in front of their team. However, it is a misconception that leadership involves blabbing others' ears off.
In fact, Harvard studies found that over half of our time at work is spent listening, but we immediately forget half the things we hear. Even worse, poor listening greatly diminishes your ability to connect with others and be a leader.
Look no further than active listening — the make-or-break factor for being a successful leader. It accounts for nearly 40% of your likability and leadership success.
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By using active listening skills you will increase trust amongst your team, diminish conflicts, motivate others more easily, and inspire high levels of confidence — just be tuning up your listening and communication skills!
Active listening is more than just zipping your mouth shut, however. It's a skill that involves understanding others, getting them to talk more, and inspiring trust and commitment.
The good news: Active listening is fairly easy to pull off by using some proven tips.
Whether you're running a team or just part of one — take these listening skills back to the workplace and you will notice your ability to influence and lead will soar to new heights.