How do you feel when someone asks you this question:
"What do you think about that?"
I would venture to guess that it feels pretty good when someone take the time to ask for your thoughts on something. Most of the time, it is because the other person values your opinion and your thoughts.
Does that make you feel validated? Does it make you feel important, at least to that person? Does it make you feel like the other person is taking the time to try and understand you?
Covey calls the emotional equivalent to the air we need to breathe is "being understood." Deeply and truly understood. We often take for granted the opinion of others because we know them and think we know how they feel about things, or we don't know them and don't care how they feel about things.
Please remember, dear Leader, how it feels to be validated with that simple question. And then remember to make others feel that way whenever you can.
Take the time to ask "what do you think about that?"