At White House Marketing, we often talk about inspirational leaders. It is fun to discuss the kinds of people who can use their voices to move mountains. However, oftentimes being a good leader is less about speaking and more about listening. Great managers know that their team is the greatest asset. So it only makes sense to listen and use that talented team to its full potential.
Listening as a leader offers a lot of benefits. Taking the time to hear what your team has to say can help you to foresee possible issues. This can be hugely advantageous because you have the chance to address them before they come up. For example, you may learn about a difficulty your customers are having that you can address before they become upset by it.
If you listen to your team’s thoughts and ideas, you can create a culture of openness. Perhaps one of your team members has a new idea for a feature. Or perhaps one of them has an idea to streamline your operations. Even if it never results in game changing ideas, listening to you team lets them know that you value their opinions.
There are a few simple ways to let your team know that you are ready to listen. One of the best things to do is to ask them for constructive criticism. Regularly offering them a chance to let you know how you can be a better boss. Another important step is to openly ask for thoughts when a problem arises. Many times it will come down to you to make a final decision; but asking your team for their input will signal to them that their thoughts matter.
The White House Marketing team is all about listening. Whether we are communicating with our team, our clients, or their customers, we always try to listen more than we speak. This has led to fantastic results; we recommend you try it too.