We've remarked often that listening is extremely important. I'm sure that some of you, like me, were told as a child that you were given two ears and one mouth so that you would listen twice as much as you spoke. Being told that often had the effect of focusing your attention. To be a good listener, you have to leave everything else that is going on and really focus on the speaker. Have you ever had a conversation with a great listener? If you have, more than likely you felt as if you were the only person in the room.
Today's reading "Listening as a Leadership Attribute" by Randy Emelo is from the Triple Creek Association's May 2008 newsletter. In the piece, Emelo presents a model of listening that illustrates how attention and energy affect your ability to listen in a productive manner. Too little energy, your attention wanes and you may be bored. Too much energy, and you will likely be seen as reactive. Balance the attention and the energy and you have productive listening which often leads to strong and dependable influencing abilities.
The reading ends with a self-evaluation of your listening posture. See how you stand and work to sharpen your listening skill.