Leadership and the art of listening

Louxor

Speaker’s pitch

« Listening is probably the most underrated leadership skill », wrote Otto Scharmer.

This is profoundly true, if the kind of leadership you are looking for is one that’s connected to your own aspirations and needs, and to those of the people you interact with.

Real listening requires deliberate attention, openness, patience, curiosity, empathy, desire to understand and, ultimately, courage.

These are all highly developed character qualities, not just techniques that you can superficially practice — which is why real listening is not easy to find in people and organizations, where it’s more common to see someone operating from a low emotional level while giving supposedly high level advice.

Introducing change in organizations, including Agile and adaptive ones, is almost impossible without those qualities. If they are missing, change remains at a superficial, process- and practice-oriented level, but none of the underlying paradigms by which the organization and the individuals operate will be affected.

Most of the time, eventually, the superficial change fades away and things revert back to what they were, or worse.

In this workshop we’ll explore what Active Listening is, through guided exercises and the sharing of experiences. We’ll learn to identify different emotional states and to be present and open  when we listen to others — especially others who have different opinions from ours.

You’ll also get a brief introduction to Clean Language, as a neutral approach to invite others to share their perspective with you.

Expect to be challenged, in a good way!

Le mot de l’organisation

Avec Andréa, c’est toujours un plaisir car il prend le temps de bien expliquer. C’est un workshop tout public.

English