February 25, 2014

Listen more,Talk less….Effective Leader.

The power of highly effective people lies in their ability to ‘understand’ others first before seeking to be ‘understood’ by others (Steve Covey ‘habits of highly effective people). It so hard nowadays to see leader who is interested in understanding his followers but most leaders want to be understood first.

Looking at the story of a parent who have a rebellious teenager a dirty what do they do? If all they do is tell the child how wayward he/she is and how bad things are going to happen if she doesn’t change, then they are going to be in for long chase of an ugly cat and mice game. If the parent don’t understand the needs of that child there’s no way they can understand and get the best out of that child. Leadership in organisation are like this today.

One thing leaders have to learn is that you can’t change way your followers act if you don’t change the way you approach them and the foundation of all this is seeking to understand your follower’s first then learning to listen to them. Most often than not when followers act irrationally it because they are trying to prove a point, they want to be understood and as a leader one shouldn’t give them a justifiable reason to keep acting that way by firing them. Most individual and followers desire is to be understood, listened to, and respected and to be involved. In summary, in order for a leader to unlock the potentials of all his followers especially the ‘walking dead’, he needs to practice the act of listening more talking less and understanding first and seeking to be understood afterwards.

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