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In today’s episode (Vlog Season 01, Episode 12), Greg and Matt talk about how to evaluate engagement within your team and create greater traction in your leadership.

Greg and Matt define leadership traction as the “surface area concept” –  maintaining the three most crucial points of contact with your team to generate constant forward momentum; no matter the size of your goals or the challenges you face.

In this episode you will learn:

– How asking strategic and authentic questions is key to getting valuable feedback

– Why really listening to your team is the only way to understand all aspects of your business

– Why only being told what you want to hear is a huge red flag

TAKEAWAYS FROM EPISODE 12:

1. As a leader, you must…ASK QUESTIONS.

  • If you are doing ALL the talking, you aren’t asking enough questions.
  • Learning to ask good questions is one of the most powerful tools in leadership.
  • Asking questions allows you to gather information.
  • By focusing on asking the right questions, you will understand if you are getting feedback from your team that reflects the culture you have designed.

2. As a leader, you must…ALWAYS LISTEN.

  • Your job is not to convince others of “your way.”
  • Listening is essential to receiving valuable input from your team about the most crucial areas of your business.

3. As a leader, you must…VALUE DIVERSE OPINIONS.

  • There is no situation where other viewpoints don’t exist.
  • It’s a huge RED FLAG if you are only hearing information and opinions from your team that you already know.
  • If you are only being told what you want to hear, you have a problem.
  • Communication is operating in one direction if you don’t value diverse opinions.
  • Without diverse opinions, all you have is a mirror.

Add your comments below: Has your team been losing traction lately? Which of these three contact points do you need to work on the most?

About Matthew

Matthew DeYoung is a serial entrepreneur. He is the cofounder of Breakthrough Leadership. He has been a cofounder of six other internet-based startup businesses. His past consulting clients have included Walt Disney, Universal Studios, Target, NASCAR, and the NBA. As a learner, he is always trying to demystify the leadership aspects of business. Matthew has been married for 17 years and has two daughters.

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