To prepare for this Professional Reflection:
Examine your own listening skills using this short Listening Skills Test:
Psychology Today. Listening Skills Test. (2017). Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/tests/personality/listening-skills-test
Professional Reflection Assignment, compose a cohesive document that addresses the following:
Summarize the three most important items you learned from your Discussions and the resources this week. Explain why they stood out to you and how you will apply what you have learned into your work as a manager. Be specific and provide examples.
Summarize your observations from the conversations that you observed during the week.
Explain what you observed about the participantsâ€™ ability to listen and hear what was being said.
Describe whether or how you were able to determine when the participants were listening and really hearing each other.
Describe your observations about the outcomes of the conversations based on the participantsâ€™ relative listening skills of the participants.
Why do you think it is important to listen to understand what is being said and what are the main challenges to actually listening to understand?
What actions might you take to ensure that you are a good listener and avoid listening only to respond (i.e. avoid turning your focus to what you will say in reply versus actually concentrating on what someone is saying to you)?
What cues do you watch for to make sure you are listening to someone who is speaking? What steps do you take if you notice you are not?
Assess why listening skills would be important in your role as a manager and as an employee.
To what extent do you agree that listening is the most important step in communicating? Explain your answer and provide examples to support your assessment.
In what ways and to what extent do you think that developing good listening skills will help you develop your emotional intelligence and cultural competencies? Provide examples to support your position.
How will you use what you have learned this week to improve your ability to be an effective manager?
Be sure to support your Professional Reflection using this weekâ€™s readings or other credible and relevant resources.
General Guidance: Your Professional Reflection submissions will typically be 2â€“4 pages in length.
Keyser, J. (2014, July 15). Listening is a leaderâ€™s most important skill [Blog]. TD.org. Retrieved from https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Management-Blog/2014/07/Listening-Is-a-Leaders-Most-Important-Skill
Llopis, G. (2013, May 20). 6 ways effective listening can make you a better leader [Blog]. Forbes.com. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2013/05/20/6-effective-ways-listening-can-make-you-a-better-leader/#76b4624a1756
MacLeod, L. (2016). Listening: More than what meets the ear. Physician Leadership Journal, 3(4), 14â€“19.
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