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Listening is Overrated

People don’t follow listeners. They follow leaders.

Moses didn’t come down and say. “What can I do to help you?”

Jesus didn’t ask people for their opinion.

Steve Jobs (no relation to the two aforementioned leaders) didn’t ask people if they wanted a product they never imagined.

John Wooden didn’t ask his players if they were practicing too hard during the off season. He told them they weren’t.

Leaders make an informed decision based on their own observations.

And then they commit.

It is this commitment that eventually gets others to follow or reject.

If you find yourself doing a lot of listening, you are not doing a lot of leading.

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