Leadership Tips: Stop Talking and Start Listening

October 13, 2020

Being a good leader simply isn’t good enough. But you can achieve greatness by upping your leadership game. Start by honing your communication skills, building trust and learning to be more thoughtful.


Listen. Ensuring clearer communication can help you avoid a lot of errors, frustration and inefficiency. But first you need to learn how to stop talking and start listening.

Source: “6 Practices That Will Make You a Better Listener,” Ken Blanchard’s blog How We Lead, June 10, 2020


Be more thoughtful. Thoughtful leaders take the time and effort to put their full focus on their team. They are considerate and determined to help team members improve and succeed. But being thoughtful is about more than just being nice. It requires reflection and consideration.

How can you become more thoughtful?

Begin my slowing down and giving yourself time to really consider what the people around you need. Don’t be so quick to assign negative motivations to people’s actions. Instead, try to keep a positive mindset and give them the benefit of the doubt. And dig a little deeper by asking a few questions—you’ll probably uncover some useful information while enriching the relationship. Express empathy and then follow through by taking action to show your support. Check back later to see how they’re doing and to give encouragement.

Source: “Six Ways You Can Be More Thoughtful,” Mark Sanborn Speaking of Success Blog, July 13, 2020


Build trust. Trustworthy leaders demonstrate these four traits:

Source: “If You Build It, They Will Come – 4 Characteristics of Trustworthy Leaders,” Leading with Trust, May 17, 2020