Lolly Daskal recently wrote a very inspiring blog post about the heart of listening. She starts her post with two great questions:
Who was the last person who actually listened to you?
Who was the last person you actually gave your full attention to?
Her questions sparked another question for me:
When was the last time that you listened, really gave your full attention, to your heart?
As a leader, if you ignore what your heart is trying to tell you, you are in danger! You need to learn How to listen to your heart to lead effectively. The problem is that so many people and things clamor for your attention that it’s easier to ignore your heart. Besides, listening to your heart can be inconvenient. It can be scary at times.
Listening to your heart requires. . .
- taking time to be alone and quiet.
- ignoring the clamor of the many voices that want to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do.
- de-cluttering your over-thinking.
- taking away your justifications.
- the courage to follow your heart’s voice even when it doesn’t seem to make logical “sense.”
- releasing your judgements
When you listen to your heart, you stop looking a things, figures, and facts and start listening to the story of your living and evolving self.
When you listen to your heart, you can understand and live your values.
When you listen to your heart, you can be compassionate with yourself and with others.
When you listen to your heart, you can make the right ethical choice.
When you listen to your heart, you value your people and their relationship.
When you listen to your heart, you are a wiser and more compassionate leader.
Listen to your heart!
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