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Listen: Listen Deeply

Strength 1 of the 12 Leadership Strengths
(refer pages 51-57 of Lead with your Strengths)

Developing this strength:

Listening can range from superficial to deliberately attentive.

Listening deeply leads to understanding, and this gives leadership insights into what matters for people and what is shaping their direction.

Leaders with this strength listen deeply to those they are involved with, coming to understand things from the other person’s perspective. They step beyond their own agenda to become fully present to others, trying to see what they are seeing.

This is an important prerequisite for action, important for communicating value and empowering others. It is important at the outset of any endeavour and at every step along the way.

Listening, to those in our churches and those in our communities, is something that grows healthy churches. It is essential for developing strong relationships, an owned vision of the future, and empowering people to accomplish that vision.

Listening can also benefit leaders, keeping them more healthy, satisfied and less prone to emotional exhaustion.

To Listen Deeply

  • make time to be fully present to people
  • check that you’ve heard others correctly
  • try to put yourself in the other’s shoes to understand their feelings
  • ask questions and engage with their issues and stories
  • approach respectfully different cultures with different perceptions
  • seek people’s opinion on matters beyond the topic they’ve raised
  • encourage people to listen to one another
  • want to learn from the stories of others

Listen deeply - stepping beyond our own agendas and being fully present for others, seeing things from their point of view and understanding what is going on for them.

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