About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Listen Well, Lead Better: Becoming the Leader People Want to Follow by Steve Harling, Becky Harling

Listen Well, Lead Better: Becoming the Leader People Want to FollowABOUT THE BOOK

Why do so many leaders prioritize their speaking skills when communication studies show we spend more time listening than reading, writing, or speaking? The reality is, most people are below-average listeners, and it's keeping them and their team members from reaching their potential.

In Listen Well, Lead Better, Steve and Becky Harling share 10 practices that will help you be a more effective listener and leader. Learn how to ask better questions, make people feel heard and valued, and create an open and positive culture. Strong listeners also enjoy greater credibility, navigate conflicts better, and foster more engaged teams. Above all, the lessons here will help you hear from God more clearly and gain his wisdom on all matters in life. Becoming a better listener will transform how you lead and relate to everyone.


If you are wondering about the difference in a good leader and an excellent leader, you should find the answer by reading Listen Well, Lead Better. In their new book authors Steve and Becky Harling set out to prove their theory that communication is the key to leading better and that 80 percent of good communication involves listening. There are ten chapters that are packed with practical advice, their personal experiences, and many questions to help you reflect on what you've just read. I especially like that Listen Well, Lead Better also has an abundance of Bible scripture and that the last chapter is devoted to creating a sacred space to reflect and listen to God. Chapter Ten reminds us that 'learning to listen is really the key to influence' and that learning to listen to God is the greatest key of all!

There are a multitude of self-help books about achieving success and Listen Well, Lead Better certainly deserves your attention.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House but there was no obligation for a positive review. There is my honest opinion.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Steve Harling is a thirty-five-year veteran of church and nonprofit leadership. As the president of a global ministry, Steve travels around the world mentoring leaders and speaking at mission events, Bible conferences, and leadership retreats.
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Becky Harling is a certified speaker, leadership coach, and trainer with the John Maxwell Team. She is the author of several books, including How to Listen So People Will Talk, and she speaks nationally and internationally at conferences, retreats, and training events. The Harlings travel widely from their home base in Colorado Springs.

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