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Leaders are listeners

Perhaps, every single reader of this page would have in the second or third standard of school, written an essay on the proverb, ‘speech is silver, but silence is gold’. I wrote too, as part of an essay competition in the third standard. I won a prize. I cannot recall, what I wrote. But, I am certain that I wrote it well maybe because, whilst writing I must have been in the speech mode — hence wrote about the importance of silence, while making an internal speech. That’s human nature, I believe. The inherent human propensity is to speak and not to remain silent. Speech requires more effort; silence doesn’t.