Work on Your Listening As a leader, it is essential that you be an above average communicator. But that means more than speaking. It also means listening. Sadly today, listening is a lost art. This loss of listening skills affects many things, especially how we lead. Check out Kathy Lockwood's post on the art of listening and then purpose to become a better listener. Are You Listening? by Kathy Lockwood "Are you listening for understanding or are you focused more on what you are going to say next? As the other person is speaking, is that little voice in your head preparing your next response?" https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/08/24/are-you-listening/#34ce16687298 Think Small I am the pastor of a small church. So I pay attention whenever I come across something for the small church leader. Here is one by Karl Vaters, the author of The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us.