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Converting Passion to Profit is a podcast by Hugh Ballou, The Transformational Leadership Strategist teaching leaders to convert their ideas into income. Each session is packed with practical concepts for immediate application.
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OS 57: Leadership Skills, Listening
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“Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference.” –David Oxberg
The Leadership Skills of The Musical Conductor
Listening is a primary skill for the Transformational Leader. My model for great leadership is based on the skills of the musical conductor, who is a great listener. Success is directly and immediately experienced as a result of effective leadership by the conductor. When the conductor does not get the desired result, then it’s time to change whatever technique or cue that’s not bringing the intended results.
The conductor knows what’s wrong because he or she is listening intently. To be able to draw out the best from the musicians, the conductor must listen to what’s going on in the room and respond appropriately.
Listening is key to understanding what’s really going on. The conductor has developed a rehearsal plan for achieving the desired results in a specific period of time, however thing happen that can’t be predicted when developing the plan. The competent leader pays attention to what’s happening and responds accordingly, just like the conductor.
Listening is an Underutilized Leadership Skill
Many leaders are not fully aware of the power of listening. Many are too busy attempting to activate their personal agendas to be aware of the necessary information available around them. The Transformational Leader builds strong leaders on teams. As in a symphony orchestra, the high-performance team is comprised of highly skilled individuals. When these highly skilled individuals function together as a unit, they must be able to fully access their individual skills and acquire an additional skill set, as well…the ability to listen and respond to others on the team. The finest orchestras in the world rehearse continuously in order to maintain the highest level of ensemble status. This is a skill set developed over time by rehearsing together.
Leadership is a Culture of High Performing Leaders - An “Ensemble”
So, why don’t business and nonprofit teams rehearse best practices? Why don’t team members learn to listen intently to what’s going on around them? It might be that the leader is setting an example of talking and listening. Leaders model, and team members receive – good or bad.
Just like a musical ensemble, the team is a reflection of the leader.
See What Others are Saying About Listening
In his blog post, “How To Listen”, Seth Godin points out that there are 4