52 TIPS: #49 Be a good listener.

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There are a few common traits that make a good leader: empathy, awareness, decisiveness. That’s because all good leaders are genuinely interested in other people. For anyone you meet, don’t lead with talking about yourself. Ask their story. Probe with questions. You never know who you may cross paths with that may be able to help you down the road. More importantly, regularly ask friends, family and employees for their opinions. They’re the best free market research you have — you never know where the next million-dollar idea may come from.

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