How would you rate your listening skills? I’m better today in that department than I’ve been in many years. As a senior leader, I didn’t focus on me listening, rather I was concerned only with my peers, or subordinates listening to me. Old, and bad, habits are hard to break….right? Well, just listening is really not my point, as hearing is just as important, as is reaction, action, comprehension, interpretation, and understanding. All of these characteristics, combined, are mandatory if you wish to be recognized as both, a “good listener,” and a good leader. A good listener doesn’t necessarily make a good leader, but a good leader will almost always be a good listener. We need to have good listening skills, no matter, what our career path is. We can be pastors, teachers, scientists, husbands, wives, fathers, janitors, a community organizer, or even President. We MUST be a good listener, to be successful in any of these endeavors. Being a good listener goes hand-in-hand with being a good communicator. If we’re both a poor listener, and a poor communicator….then, we’re in deep….eh…eh…trouble. Proverbs 12:15– The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 19:27– Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge. Proverbs 18:13– If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. Proverbs 5:1-3– My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.God’s word is everywhere; some hear it, some follow it, some hear passively, but don’t act on the word, because it requires sacrifice and effort; which in today’s time…we’re, too often, not willing to do either. …Blessings… cjlb… 7/21/14.