Being able to understand people is the greatest asset anyone can have. In their book, "Becoming a Person of Influence", John Maxwell and Jim Dornan remind us that being able to understand others can have a positive impact on more than just your success in business.
It can impact every area of your life.
How can we become better at understanding the people in our life? It starts with communication. Often when we think about communication, we focus on talking. Yet the most powerful aspect of communication is not talking.
It's listening. More than anything, most of us yearn to be really heard.
When we feel that the person we're with is really listening, we feel respected. If you listen with care and ask questions to make sure you understand, you will develop a greater understanding of the people in your life.
By listening with care, you can learn what motivates a person. You can even anticipate how they may react to a situation. You can influence them in a positive way.
Many of the...
Anyone who is in a leadership position knows that leadership requires patience and understanding. This is true whether the person has been a leader for years, or is only beginning to acquire leadership skills. It is also true whether the person is an employee or a business owner.
But what is it about leadership that demands so much patience and understanding? The answer is simple: people.
As Dale Carnegie, author of "How to Win Friends and Influence People" wrote, "When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity."
In his book, “Who Do You Think You Are Anyway?", author Dr. Robert A. Rohm tell us that true leaders are not picked, they pick themselves. This makes it all the more important to find a way to work effectively with a variety of personalities.
If the talented people on your team with unique personality styles do not feel...