Thoughts from Carey Nieuwhof
I talk too much. As a boss, as a podcaster, as a friend, as a spouse, I tend to have an opinion on everything and have no trouble voicing it. Think about it. In team meetings, if you go first with your thoughts as a leader, you effectively shut everyone else down. Who’s going to disagree with the boss? If you want non-thinking yes people around you, keep talking. If you want others to develop, start listening. Most of your team is waiting to be heard.
Wonderful things happen when I shut up. Others they say things, tell stories, and offer insights they don’t normally share. Second, it builds trust. Any silence shows respect and builds rapport. If you listen longer than most people listen, you hear things most people never hear.