What is more important for a manager speaking accurately or listening actively?

Managers cannot be successful unless the speaking and listening elements are treated equally. One is not more important than the other.

Manager inter actions with senior management require that the ideas that need to be conveyed or answering senior management questions, clearly must be accurate. If not then misunderstandings are the result.

By the same token, a manager must be attentive listeners, in order to carry out the wishes of senior management and to be able to ask intelligent questions if there is a need for more clarity in order to execute what senior management wants.

This dual approach regarding speaking and listening must be intact when the manager is dealing with people that are being supervised. Attentive listening and accurate requests on business needs conveyed to subordinates are identical on a different level in such cases but certainly equally important.