- It's a compliment if a friend describes you as "a good listener".
- Leaders who "listen closely to all sides" prior to making a decision are highly regarded.
- In many cases, listening has been professionalized: e.g., psychotherapists, clergy, and other anointed listeners.
- Managers are taught "active listening skills", as if listening were solely a strategic tactic for engagement.
We will not achieve a culture of story sharing unless we empower the role of listener.