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Shut up and listen

Dear Reader,

Do you want to be a leader? If you are a leader, do you want to be a better leader? Here’s the secret that everybody knows but nobody puts into practice:

SHUT UP AND LISTEN

That’s right, zip it. Be quiet. Stop flapping your gums.

The best leaders didn’t get to where they are by barking orders all the time. That’s the part of leadership everybody sees, but it’s not the important part.

The important part is the time before they are barking orders. The time when they are listening to the men and women around them. The time when they are practicing active listening so that they can understand the problem at hand. The time when they leverage the diversity on thought around them to help them formulate a plan.

Then – and only then – do the best leaders strike a hero’s pose and start barking orders, cape flowing in the wind.

Mama always said, ‘Son, you’ve got two ears and one mouth for a reason.’.

If you want to be a leader, shut up and listen to those around you.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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