The need to be heard is a basic human need. Listening is about acknowledging this need – it doesn’t mean agreeing to or endorsing the speaker’s views. Listening is one of the most important qualities for a leader. A leader who listens inspires confidence in employees and earns their respect.
I believe anyone who chooses wisely and works hard enough and long enough can be awesome. We have the potential for greatness within us.
But it is harder than simply waking up, remembering or no longer doubting. We only experience awesomeness–at home, school, work, wherever–when we apply ourselves to expressing our potential.
Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
Do you frequently tell yourself that you’ll do better “next time” and then don’t change when the time comes? Do you often decide to do something “later” only to find that it never gets done?
If you answered “yes” to either one of these questions, you’re probably ignoring the fact that your behavior today is a strong indicator of your behavior tomorrow.
Understanding how an organisation works is not enough. To be truly effective, a leader must understand the reactions of people around them. By Manfred Kets de Vries, INSEAD Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development & Organisational Change Tim had always been on the fast-track.
Every organization in the world has an energetic structure and a pecking order that you’ll perceive within a few months of joining. If your antennae are sensitive, you’ll get the picture within a few days or even a few hours.
If you’re the type to put your head down and miss social cues, it may take you longer to see the energetic structure and your own place in it.
Never, ever create unnecessary drama, and don’t put up with those who spew drama your way. The happiest people I’ve ever met care less about what random people say about them, especially if their remarks are rude. In fact, happy people are often thankful for all the rude, obnoxious, and difficult people they meet in life, because these people serve as important reminders of how NOT to be. They simply smile and walk the other way. I challenge you to follow in their footsteps.
People who are walking around as perfectionists are ultimately afraid that the world is going to see them for who they really are and [that] they won’t measure up.
Smiling makes others feel good when they see us doing it and it makes us feel good, too. It allows us to feel connected to other people, and this improves all of our moods.