Leadership Listening – Say What?

Posted on Jul 5, 2013

Leadership Listening – Say What?

How Leadership listening can help take your team and you to the next level.

Leadership is a journey. It never ends. You never just finally “have it.” This is because much of what a Leader does is they assess situations. They look for consistencies of failures and successes. They ask lots of questions. They motivate people. They inspire greatness. It’s not something you attain. It’s a craft you work at … constantly.

One key skill of all great leaders is their ability to communicate. Listening is a critical skill within the skill. At Velocity Leadership we talk about developing a “listening heart,” a way of hearing more than the words – beyond the cerebral interpretation. A way to get to the “heart of the matter” so you can develop a plan, a strategy or communication with more breadth of understanding. In some ways it’s about perspective. A broader, more informed perspective about the situation, the person and/or the opportunity.

A “Listening Heart” is not about meditation

A listening heart is not about meditating. Not that mediating is bad. This just isn’t about that. It’s not about empathy but empathy does help you develop a listening heart. It’s also not about sympathy. What it IS about is Presence – being fully present in a conversation – mind, body and soul.

Leadership listening goes beyond hearing. It goes beyond understanding. It taps into your spirit.

Hear with your head. Listen with your heart. This isn’t as hard to do as it sounds. Just try it. Listen with your heart in your next conversation. Listen for what’s behind the words – what’s in the heart of the person who’s speaking to you. You’ll notice a difference. When I ask people to try it, most people start to notice a difference immediately. It doesn’t come natural to everyone to do this. But we all have it inside of us to do. It doesn’t have to be a monumental difference. But what if it made just a little difference … in every conversation you have. Would it be worth it to gain a little more insight in every interaction? You don’t have to be a math guru to answer that question.

Gain more insight from each conversation

So just give it a try. Try listening with your heart – Leadership Listening – and see how it helps you gain more understanding and ultimately, more velocity in your business and personal life.


About the Author

Kelly Castor is the CEO and President of Velocity Leadership. Follow him @Velldr.