Now Hear This

Peers and employees are more prone to open up if they feel they have been “heard.” You must truly listen and give necessary attention to what others say. Giving others the gift of attention not only is more congenial, but may provide insight about the person or the issue at hand. If nothing else, it allows more time to think and consider what is being said. Strive for a real curiosity about the other person’s perspective. Listen intently, force yourself to slow down, and use what the parenting books call “active listening.” Being a dynamic leader requires understanding a situation, the people involved, and the effect on everyone involved. Great parenting and effective dog-training books teach one thing–even at the most basic levels of communication, genuine understanding and communication provide the best results.

Dr. Tatiana Chalkidou is a post-doctoral fellow at Oklahoma State University, working in different park-management projects. She holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Health, Leisure, and Human Performance, a M.BA. and a M.Sc. in Human Resources Management and Development from University of Leicester in the UK, and a B.S. in Physical Education and Sport Science from University of Athens, Greece. She can be reached via email at

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