The irony of effective communication skills is that the most powerful tool at your disposal is not speaking but listening. If you fail to listen you will fail to communicate. Here are some tips for the servant leader on responsible listening.
The listener’s learning style can play a big role in how well they keep up with and understand what we have to say. In this post we look at how learning styles affect our ability to communicate with others. We each have a different learning style, which is a description of how we learn best.
The attitude that underpins effective communications skills for Christian leaders as thye practice servant leadership is recognising that as the speaker we must take responsibility for our listeners; take responsibility to ensure that they understand. It is not enough simply to speak and then pass the buck to them. The fact that we are speaking means that we have a vested interested in them understanding. It’s us that lose out if they don’t understand.
One of the tenets of servant leadership is the desire to enable others to achieve their full potential and more than that, to deliberately act in a way that will enable them to do so. Central to this is communication. It is vital for us to be able to effectively communicate ideas, problems, objectives, methods and the like, to others. It is vital because they need to respond appropriately in order to achieve their full potential and in so doing assist us to achieve our desired goals. Whilst mostly we are all able to talk and listen this does not guarantee communication success. So here is the question for you: Do you make these 5 mistakes when you speak with people?