There is an art in the way we listen. All leaders and business persons should practice this characteristic. It will tremendously help in the long run towards achieving your goals and dreams. According to Craig Impelman’s article in Success Magazine, “The Importance of Listening in Leadership” Impelman says, “A key element in the art of listening is not to be thinking about what you’re going to say while the other person is talking. Quieting your thoughts and really hearing the other person with an open mind sometimes requires a conscious effort.” “Being able to listen effectively means that you’re willing to be active with your mind. It can be comfortable just listening but genuinely listening is an art that requires us to be fully aware mentally and emotionally,’ says Lisa Capre, managing director of CapreLife Global.
According to Impelman, being a good listener is only half of the equation. By understanding that you’re confident enough to speak up and voice opinions means that you’ve listened and you value what the person in front of you is saying. At CapreLife Global, we believe that listening is crucial because it helps us establish a flow of communication and tactic. Studies show that when people or leaders listen to those that are around them, they feel more valued and appreciated. There is an endless flow of positivity when a leader hears and becomes someone that their team can turn to.
“Research shows that on average we retain about 20-25% of what we hear, this is because we lack listening abilities. However, to be a good listener the simplest and most effective thing we can do is create momentum in our mindset and mentality,” says Lisa Capre of CapreLife Global. Being assured by the fact that we can listen and maintain quality means that we’re understanding each other and being considerate as leaders towards others.