“Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” Proverbs 19:27
As a leader, it’s easy to come off as a know-it-all. Sometimes, that’s what we may feel like we are even supposed to be. On the contrary, we should always be listening and learning.
In fact, learning rarely happens apart from listening. Sometimes, leaders are hard-headed and choose to learn from “experience”. However, it is the wise leader that learns from listening.As a leader, it is important to always be listening in various forms. This listening leads to an abundance of knowledge and maturity beyond your years. So how are your listening skills? How much have you been learning lately?
Spend some time listening to God. If God is always speaking…even in His perceived absence, then there’s something worth hearing. Leaders are prayers. They are readers of His Word. They look to the Highest Authority and submit to Him. They heed His advice and counsel. A godly leader can only be such, so much as he listens to God and for God.
Listen to other godly people. They have years of experience and counsel. Great leaders surround themselves with great minds and hearts. These are people who will speak Truth into your life and keep Truth in front of your face. Their job is not to make you feel good but to be instruments of God in your life. Let God speak to you through others and be willing to heed their words of wisdom.
Listen to yourself. How have you been sounding lately? Are you full of God’s word or full of yourself? Are you finding yourself talking more about yourself or about God? Do you take time to really listen to others or do you expect others to listen to you? A great leader always listens to the hearts of others. He is able to sense people’s hearts behind their veiled words. This only happens when the leader is more concerned about the people than himself.
A leader who is unwilling to listen, who does not seek to listen and learn, will surely run into trouble and find no one is listening to or following him. As a leader, carve out time to listen today. When you do…you just might hear some things that could save your life.