Anyone who has collaborated with colleagues on a group project knows just how hard it can be to share and receive ideas. To move the project along, it is essential for everyone to communicate. Effective listening doesn’t come naturally to most people. But when you consider that listening is one-half of the communication dynamic, the importance of practising this undervalued skill becomes apparent. Being an effective listener also means that you have the chance to respond to others in a considered way.
Every good leader has something to say. Yet, many of us don’t take the time to polish and shape how we communicate those ideas to others or ponder how others may receive our message.