In my last newsletter, I shared one characteristic that contributes to strong leadership. And while I think that listening is a key trait to great leaders, I’d like to dig a little deeper into a particular aspect of this idea: HOW and to WHOM they are listening.
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin hits the nail on the head:
“Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation.”
What strikes me about this quote is how someone in a position of power could cultivate an environment that supports healthy disagreement. That last bit about “without fear of retaliation” speaks of a person who assumes good intentions even if the words are oppositional, who takes time to consider options, and who values critical thinking over a “yes-man”.
Additionally, there is power in WHO is delivering the message. If we receive a critical message, if we know it’s coming from a place of wanting us to do better, it’s easier to hear.
If you want to read more about the power of perspectives in effective, collaborative teams, check out my post here.
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