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How Managers Can Be More Effective Listeners

Learn from Epictetus

Effective listeners know how important Epictetus's quote is to being a great leader:

"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”

There's so much to be learned from others, and that only happens if you give them a chance to speak.

If you're an extrovert like me, it can be especially tempting to get excited about something and jump hard into a discussion sharing your ideas, thoughts, and opinions.  While it's important to contribute to a discussion, taking more time to listen and understand the ideas of others is critical to effective listening and leading.

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