Being a genuinely efficient leader is often quite a challenging endeavor. Not only does it require emotional commitment and a massive time, as well as having an inherent vision that drives one towards thriving completion of specific necessary goals, but it also needs someone to be willing to place the wants of others first and to look at items and issues not simply from one’s own point of view and experiences, but to look at a much broader viewpoint with an open mind, and trying to avoid biases or preconceived notions.
No person enters into a leadership position ideally skilled and trained in all the obligations that being an efficient leader needs. However, what often separates great leaders from the wannabes is their ability to listen to the points of view of others effectively and their attitude. Many incompetent leaders’ next grand idea is whatever the last thing someone has said to them. They jump from idea to idea, either because of individual weakness, the desire to please, or lack of understanding. When I mention that a great leader must be open-minded, I do not mean that a leader should suppress his opinion by simply accepting as doctrine what someone else says. Exceptional leaders realize that there is a need to listen efficiently. There is a need to question, not merely to agree, but as part of the decision-making and information gathering process. However, the genuinely visionary leader realizes that he must not enter into a settlement either personally as a skeptic or because he listens to a cynic. He must hear all sides to make the best-informed decision.
Many people who enter into leadership positions become so puzzled by what others expect of them that they try to shelter themselves and hide by blindly following the naysayers. There is, probably, nothing as terrible as having a leader who reacts either to a cynics or cynic or as one!
Ideal leaders make decisions by assessing the pros and cons and then prioritizing. The prominent leader adapts her action to support the implementation of her vision so that she will be able to accomplish as many of his valuable goals as possible. As I have explained while training people for leadership, if a leader needed to recognize one trait or quality, it would be genuinely effective communication skills and the readiness to use every available means to communicate effectively. That means hearing all sides and having the ability to distinguish and evaluate between someone who is merely a naysayer and a cynic and someone who brings up legitimate concerns that need to be identified.
Excellent leaders must be cautiously open-minded. They must not consider that they have all the answers and must using exquisite listening skills to enhance their effectiveness and focus.