In New York last week, I had the joy of listening to Emma Thompson and Ian McEwan discuss their collaboration on the upcoming movie, The Children Act.  It was during this talk that Emma Thompson talked about the power of listening.  And that it is active.

I couldn’t agree more.

And, yet.

In the context of leadership, listening, as crucial as it is, isn’t enough.  Great leaders do more than receive information; they sift and prioritize it.  And then take action.  Which need not be sweeping or grand, it might be experiments and pilots.  But it is action that demonstrates to team members who have voiced ideas, that their input is not only important and vital to the organization, but that it has truly been received.


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