Listening, sounds simple, right? Of course, we all think we are great listeners, but are we really? Are you fully present and giving the speaker your full attention? Are you listening to understand or simply listening to respond? Good questions to ask yourself as you engage with others.

Listening is a skill and requires discipline. Individuals know when you are listening with compassion, understanding and intention. As leaders, it is important we are fostering an environment that supports open communication - which starts with listening.

This article outlines deliberate practices to keep in mind as you engage in your next discussion