Happy first day of spring, a time for renewing! I am starting today with a focus on renewing my commitment to be my best self.
I found a quote that speaks to me as I am a ‘leader’ in this company.
“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.”– Andy Stanley
I hope that none of you feel as if you’d be shut down before you can even voice your concerns or thoughts about things. And for many of you that talk to me about things in your personal life, I hope you feel I listen to you. I hope above all, if any of you ever feel that I didn’t listen to you, you can feel confident enough to tell me. I am working on my interactions with others, and I am making the effort to remember that not everyone has to perseverate over everything before they ask or comment. I try to remember that not everyone has an answer when I need it, and that I need to give time for that.
I hope I am doing this in my personal life as well! Obviously, I don’t have manager-staff relationships at home, but let’s be honest, the same thoughts can and should carry over into our home lives. We have to actively listen to our significant others and our children in order to know what they are thinking. If you don’t listen to your significant other, they will eventually quit speaking, and this is what can lead people to splitting up. If you don’t speak up, your significant other will learn you have nothing to say. Eventually they will stop listening even when you do speak up. If you don’t listen to your children, they will learn that what they have to say is not important. They will not learn the valuable skill of speaking up for themselves, and/or what is right or important.
We listen in many ways as well, not just with our ears, but by how we present ourselves. We have 2 ears and 1 mouth, which means we should always be doing more listening than talking. I always try to actively listen to concerns in my professional and personal life, since there is a big difference in hearing what someone is saying, and actually listening to them.
I hope that each person here is always working to listen to the people they ‘lead’ in their lives. I hope each of you is working to be the best you can be. I know I am working everyday on me, to be the best me… I am working on #mybestlife!