So proud of Obama!
The other night I was listening to Keith Olbermann describe how Obama mediated between Sarkozy and Chinese President Hu, who – it seemed – were both about to leave the G-20 Summit in a huff. Obama took them aside and got them to a compromise. What a profound and refreshing difference from the past! So great to feel proud of the person who’s representing me on the world stage.
And then, I heard him say at the press conference afterward, in reference to his view of leadership:
A man after my own heart. Pretty great to have a President who expresses such things — and who truly seems not only to believe them but to be trying to demonstrate them.
I completely agree that we lead best when we are listening. All the really good and effective – and beloved – leaders I know are skilled listeners, They understand that listening builds mutual respect, is the foundation of good decision-making, supports commitment and enthusiasm, is essential to real influencing. And they don't just understand those things intellectually, they put them into practice by listening deeply and consistently to all their constituencies, and incorporating what they hear into their vision and action.