Medical Journal Houston, Oct. 2006 In visiting with Dr. Smith, you learn almost as much about her by what she doesn’t say. She is not apt to verbally share every thought, she is more inclined to listen. Her strong listening skills have proven to translate to strong leadership skills. She is a respected leader by her peers, seeking input which she considers very seriously, as well as diligently working towards consensus. The mere fact that the people under her direction know that she is more concerned with their feedback than her own, empowers them and builds their trust in her ability to make sound decisions.