Great leaders listen with the grain of a conversation. Their intent is to understand and learn from the speaker, not to merely confirm what the leader already believes or to deliver a pre-determined response.
Sometimes we struggle to get it right. We make assumptions or fail to fully understand what a team member is telling us.
Use this worksheet to explore a time you struggled to listen with the grain of the conversation in the past and to identify what you can do better in the future.
Listen with the grain leadership
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.