Frank Tyger once said, “Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.” Jesus said, “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given …” (Luke 8:18, NLT). Both of these quotes highlight the importance of listening.
In the few years I’ve been in leadership, I’ve learned that listening is an invaluable tool for building great relationships with others. People gravitate to listeners, for in their presence, they truly feel prioritized. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned while developing my ability to listen:
- Listeners develop relationships with ease.
- People communicate open and honestly with listeners.
- Listening will reveal the root of problematic behaviors.
- People often resolve their issues without your input, if you just listen.
Listening has endless benefits, both naturally and spiritually. If you haven’t developed your listening skills, I encourage you to try. God was intentional when He gave us two ears and one mouth. Take advantage!
Thought to Consider:
Are you a good listener?