“Listen to learn and learn to listen”

So goes the plea of many a parent to many a child. It has a lot of truth to it. Listening is an increasingly undervalued skill in the workplace. It is especially important for leaders. The further you go up the ladder, the more you get to speak and less you have to listen. However, it becomes even more important that you do listen. It is hard enough to get proper feedback in a company, never mind how hard it is at a senior level. So when good feedback is being given, learn to shut up and listen all the way through, even when you want to interject.

Listening is a vital part of learning from your mistakes. Natural ability and your own learning can take you quite far if you’re talented. To shut off the rest of the world is not only foolish, it will greatly cut down your future  career progress.