You can only give what you got.
Leaders are often renowned for their generosity and ability to give, yet they frequently struggle with embracing the role of a receiver.
I’m sure we all have someone within our circle who consistently demonstrates their generosity by asking insightful questions and sharing helpful insights to support others. However, when it comes to receiving a question or receiving words of encouragement, they tend to deflect the attention away from themselves and redirect it back to the other person.
But why is that the case?
The Path of Least Resistance
If we’re not careful, we can look up one day and find ourselves surrounded by what I call mini-mes: Individuals and groups who share similar interests, passions, educational backgrounds, life experiences, and values. These people justify our opinions and thought processes. We can’t help but subconsciously gravitate toward those that are just like us.
Perhaps it is when leaders learn how to become better receivers, not takers, that they unlock the path to even greater success for themselves and those within their sphere of influence. By approaching every one-on-one meeting, team gathering, or significant event with a mindset of openness and receptivity, leaders tap into a profound, unadulterated place within their hearts. This deep wellspring keeps their curiosity alive, ignites their creative engines, and fuels their personal journey of self-discovery.
Consequently, leaders position themselves for a more authentic and balanced exchange of ideas and communication, fostering a purer and more meaningful connection with others.
Read a book in the next 30 days that is not your typical reading material. This will introduce you to new ideas and experiences that are not on your radar. Find something from an author with whom you might disagree. Go into the reading with a friendly heart and a curious mind to see what you can learn from the author.