I was at an excellent presentation on leadership by George Barna yesterday. He spent time talking on some of his material from his book Master Leaders (great book by the way and worth adding to your library).
If you have been following my posts lately, you will notice I have mentioned several times the importance of listening. During his talk today about all the master leaders he interviewed, they were unanimous in their contention that listening is one of the most important, if not the most important, skills of a leader. Yet it is the one most often missing.
One quote he used was from Ken Blanchard – “You cannot listen effectively unless you are willing to have your mind changed.” Quite a statement and it really struck me. Too many times I really am not willing to have my mind changed, regardless of what the other person says (I am not talking about core beliefs right now). So, was I not really listening effectively? Probably not.
What do you think?