For Kobe Bryant, leadership isn’t only about barking out orders. It involves a whole lot of time, a whole lot of comittment, and a whole lot of listening.

“To be an effective leader you have to be a really good listener, and not to what’s being said, but to what’s not being said.” Bryant explained to the Alabama football team. “You have to be really observant, that was a big transition for me.”

We always hear about leadership being described in any multitude of ways… but has anyone really mentioned this?

He went on further, explaining his words to a hopeful audience:

“That’s the big transition to make,” he told the players. “You’ve got to observe them, because they all have things they want to accomplish as individuals, and as a leader you are like ‘OK, what are those things?'”

To be able to listen to what is (or what’s not) being said by the people around you is essential to understanding the situation. Kobe himself has obviously practiced this principle, but it’s really interesting to see this being said publicly. And for most of us, those words were something we needed to hear.