What are the fundamental leadership skills you need for 2023 and beyond?
I’ve been contemplating the many conversations I had with leaders over the past few years and I’ve discovered a common thread. Amidst significant changes in work, lifestyle, and leadership, many leaders are working to become more effective and supportive in their approach.
Although a universal answer to all leadership challenges doesn’t exist, I believe a significant number of the relationship friction and wasted energy we experience – both professionally and personally – is due to the lack of empathetic listening and understanding – not just the literal message but also the speaker’s intended meaning.
Therefore, to be an effective leader in 2023 and beyond, it will be necessary to develop strong listening skills.
Listening is more than hearing a person’s words; it involves actively engaging with the speaker to understand their emotions, thoughts and motivations.
To do this effectively, leadership must adopt an open mindset and focus on connecting with people while being open to different perspectives.
Ultimately, by listening more deeply and truly understanding the person behind the words, leaders can build trust and create a strong foundation for collaboration while enabling teams to work together more efficiently to achieve collective goals. It is in this way that effective listening becomes an essential tool for successful leadership in the future.
I’m committed to developing deep active listening skills in myself and others so I’ve developed a resource to share that will help you develop deep active listening skills.
For leaders seeking to change their leadership approach and influence with greater impact and less push, this is a crucial starting point.
Deep active listening is a core skill that supports many of the fundamental tools for leadership including:
- managing difficult conversations
- providing meaningful feedback
- leading with greater impact
And it is a skill that’s required to build psychological safety and trusting teams, making it a fundamental skill for 2023 and beyond.
To find the steps you need to get started with using this impactful coaching skill, download your free copy of Deep Active Listening Skills For Leaders here.