When we hear someone use the word "speechless" we generally infer exasperation or astonishment at some absurdity.
However, "speechless" can be a really good thing for those in leadership positions.
When we observe without judgmental or corrective commentary,
when we ask with intent to learn,
when we listen without rebutting,
when we seek feedback and safely, quietly allow it,
we have practiced a very enriching form of speechlessness.
Less talking and more authentic connecting from leaders is both an energizing and affirming practice.
It also happens to pay immeasurable dividends for all parties involved.