Musings: Leadership = Listening

I try to get some sort of exercise six days a week. Usually running, mountain biking, or weights. Aside from the physical benefits, I've found this part of my day to be even more important emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I listen to a lot of podcasts and books to get my mind going and then I just kind of let it wander from there. Of all the thoughts and impressions that come, a few stick with me. I’m going to start sharing some of those here.

I've never felt like a great listener. As a closet introvert I battle a tendency to think about myself when someone else is talking. (What will I say next? How am I being perceived?) Other times I’m just plain aloof or distracted. But I know this much: Leadership = listening. Questions, concerns, ideas… You can’t lead if you’re not listening. Think of our Heavenly Father. We tacitly believe that he hears (with precision!) the prayers of all his children. Can you imagine how mundane or vain or pathetic so many of those prayers are?! (I’m just imagining what it would be like to have to listen to my prayers; the “check-box” robot prayers, the times I pray for something even though I know full well the answer already… how tedious it must be!) But he listens. I've come a long way but I still want to be a much better listener. Any advice? Share in the comments!