Beware of this all too common leadership trap.
Some leaders seem to love to hear themselves talk.
They hold meetings and do the majority of the talking. They conduct one-on-one performance reviews and dominate the conversations.
The problem with talking too much is that you often learn nothing. If a leader wants to tap into an employee’s passion, he needs to learn how to ask good questions and listen with the intent of understanding – not responding.
Understanding and tapping into an employee’s passion is what allows a team to work crazy hard, be completely exhausted, and still be excited & engaged.
Patrick Leddin, PhD is a speaker, global leadership consultant, and The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Five-Week Leadership Challenge. Patrick is an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University with a thriving leadership blog and podcast, and 25-years of leadership experience. He offers an unparalleled mix of academic rigor and real-world experience.