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One of the most common leadership problems in law enforcement is listening. Often times, our members will come to us for advice or counsel. While they are speaking, too often, we interrupt them. This is not done because we don’t want to hear what the member is say, but to ensure we get out what we want to say. Many times, they are just their to vent or share and we, in leadership, always feel like we have to offer our counsel. So listen to your members and when the time is right, you will know when that is, just think back to suspect interviews, join the conversation. One additional comment regarding listening; when a member takes the time to approach and ask for a minute of your time, stop what you are doing, look at them and listen. There are very few things that cannot wait for someone who is directly in front wanting a few minutes of your time. Take the time to listen, engage and converse. Believe me, you will reap the benefits for your respective teams.