A Leader should be understanding:
Understanding is possible with carefull listening.
Let's draw the equation:
Most people feel that a leader is someone who can stand up and talk and talk and talk. Only oratory skills get associated with Leadership. But, even the basic skills for communication taught in schools start with Listening and then speaking. One should listen to speak or to express. Even children pick up on syllables they hear around them.
Why listen? To understand!
Even in this forum, I am not technically speaking and neither are all of you technically listening, yet there is speech, reception, understanding, and then response. So, all of you would be listening to me to understand what I am saying and I do the same thing when I listen to your posts. It is quite simple, isn't it? This networking is mutual understanding and sharing that I believe make up a strong leader. I am very glad that World Pulse has a number of leaders because they are all listeners. They listen to and understand each other which is quite amazing and I am extremely happy and proud to be a part of such a community. I will listen because I know you are listening to me. what a network!