Yesterday we began a new series focused on personal qualities strong leaders have. You can read the post about having a servant’s heart here.
The next quality is that of being a good listener. I also recently posted about how we talk too much. The opposite side is that we need to open our ears and learn from those around us.
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19
Take advantage of time with others to listen to their:
– Stories – Where have people been? What has God done? How has He brought them to where they are today? People have fascinating stories!
– Feedback – Seek out and then really listen to how others feel about what is happening in your ministry.
– Hearts – What are people passionate about? What is God saying to them?
– Complaints – No one really wants to hear complaints. I know I don’t. But when we listen with open ears and an open mind, there are things we can learn.
Good listeners also listen instead of…
- prepping what you’re going to say next.
- trying to give grand advice.
- trying to defend yourself.
- Getting angry