Want to Be a Leader? Learn to Listen.

Leaders are not defined by their bombastic decision-making, but by the ways in which they pool information to inform their choices.

As Harvard Business Review's Sara Stibitz wrote earlier this week, we tend to evaluate leaders by what they think and how they turn it into action. But Stibitz makes sure to note that the best leaders aren't just birthed into the world with infallible intuition. They know how to learn. Great leaders are not evaluated by what they do, but rather by the ways in which they pool information that inform their choices. A big part of this is being a good listener. Stibitz' article serves as a how-to for honing your leaderly listening skills:


"First, you need the will... And to get over a need to talk or interject, adapt a mindset that will allow you to hear what’s being shared. If you believe you have all the answers, you simply have no reason to listen to others..."

Stibitz' approach begins with a mode of introspection: what do I need to do to become a better listener? What's keeping me back? She then offers a step-by-step approach to building good habits and killing bad ones. You have to prioritize your improvement, remove distractions, focus on body language, control your urges/reactions, and learn to validate/verify.

Check out the full piece linked below to learn more.

Read more at HBR.

Photo credit: Rawpixel / Shutterstock

How to vaccinate the world’s most vulnerable? Build global partnerships.

Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.

Susan Silbermann, Global President of Pfizer Vaccines, looks on as a health care worker administers a vaccine in Rwanda. Photo: Courtesy of Pfizer.
Sponsored
  • Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
  • Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
  • Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
Keep reading Show less

A new study says alcohol changes how the brain creates memories

A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.

Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Mind & Brain
  • A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
  • This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
  • The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
Keep reading Show less

Juice is terrible for children. Why do we keep giving it to them?

A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.

Pixabay user Stocksnap
popular

Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you. 

Keep reading Show less

Heatwaves significantly impact male fertility, says huge study

As the world gets hotter, men may have fewer and fewer viable sperm

Shutterstock
Surprising Science
  • New research on beetles shows that successive exposure to heatwaves reduces male fertility, sometimes to the point of sterility.
  • The research has implications both for how the insect population will sustain itself as well as how human fertility may work on an increasingly hotter Earth.
  • With this and other evidence, it is becoming clear that more common and more extreme heatwaves may be the most dangerous aspect of climate change.
Keep reading Show less