“If you let a person talk long enough, you’ll hear their true intentions. Listen twice, speak once.” Tupac Shakur

Motivational speeches get a lot of air time. Just check out Facebook and YouTube. As leaders, however, what really makes an impact is not telling the other person what to do or having “the right words” to fix a problem.

In many situations, leaders need to listen more and talk less. If you’re tempted to speak, begin with a powerful question.

What situations lend themselves to you saying less and listening more?

  • When there is tension between you and another person.
  • When someone gets emotional.
  • When someone makes a mistake.
  • When someone needs tor reflect or figure something out from experience.
  • When you want someone to give you good feedback.
  • When you really don’t understand what it’s like for the other person (which is almost all of the time).

Can you think of a time when you experienced the true value of listening? Comment below or send us a message.


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