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BIG LEADERSHIP SERIES, Part 2
When I googled the word “listening” I received 345,000,000 results or hits. Obviously, there’s a lot of information out there on the subject of listening so there’s no way I can encompass all of that into this one article. Fortunately, I don’t have to do that since we all intuitively know that it just makes good sense to be a good listener. Yet, we also know that we can all fall short of the good listening mark from time to time. For example, I have two sons I love very much and can proudly say I’ve spent a lot of quality time investing in their lives. I can probably count on one hand the number of important events they’ve had that I’ve missed and that’s because I made being an intentional father a very high priority.
This week and month we move from Part 1 - Personal Leadership to Part 2 - Leading Others, the idea people commonly think of when they contemplate the subject of leadership. For those of you who have the privilege to lead others, one of the first lessons you inevitably learn is that while many leadership roles come with perks like a fancy title, bigger office, more money, etc., there is often a high price to be paid for those perks which take the form of more responsibility. These increased responsibilities are multi-faceted and while all have varying degrees of importance, I believe one of the primary and most important duties a leader faces early on is to define reality for the team or organization he or she is leading.