Leadership and Listening

A good leader is a good listener. Paul indicates this in Philippians (2:4). Earn the right to speak. A good leader will listen to those around him. This is one example of being a servant-leader. When a leader exercises good listening skills, he/she displays humility. He is saying, “You are important. I am leading you and I want to know you. I want to consider your ideas.” It no longer is about the leader; he may have his mind set, but he takes the time to listen and show respect to his followers. People are attracted to a leader who displays humility. They are attracted to a leader who doesn’t lead with his authority, but leads with his humility. A good leader takes the time to lead by making himself nothing, getting things done using his humility, not using his authority (Philippians 2:5-11). And generally, to become humble, you need to learn to listen.