Listening Crucial to Successful Leadership

Listening is an often-overlooked part of communication that gets far less attention than the telling part. In the view of Match.com CEO Greg Blatt, listening also is a crucial to successful leadership.

Blatt says in an interview with Fast Company that “passion and conviction are two of the most important tools of success, and yet they both need to be tempered by listening.” This is a lesson he learned from working with Martha Stewart Living and also with Barry Diller’s IAC, which Blatt will be heading soon.

“You can let your convictions, passion, and vision get in the way of the facts. Yet knowing how to combine those things is really the key to success.”

How about you? Do you seek out others’ views–and listen carefully to them–before making key decisions? How has that practice made a difference?

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