FROM THE LEI STAFF: A few days ago, Dean Lowenberg authored a brief LEI article about our idea to grow the value of our twice weekly SHORT, articles. The whole idea has always been for LEI to help foster ethical conduct and advance leadership skills over the large spectrum of organizations. Thus the small real estate organization and its leader would find as much value in our efforts as might the CEO of a very large private or public enterprise. The idea was to gather YOUR thinking and share what YOU have learned in leading others and ensuring ethical conduct in your enterprise and activities. Here is the first one submitted by one of our readers’ colleagues. There is some good thinking here. Think about this as being a brief discussion with your colleague over coffee while standing in a hallway, or maybe listening to a conversation over coffee in your break room. We see this beginning and the thoughts below as “EASY INSIGHTS”. What are your easy insights? Please forward them to email@example.com. Read on, this is “good stuff”.
Good morning, I would like to contribute to the ‘Lessons Learned’ LEI Campaign.
I constantly reflect on my social interactions, and those that I get to take part in with both mentors and mentees- as I find them to be the most meaningful part of each day. After most interactions, I often ask myself these questions:
Did I listen well enough? Did I ask meaningful questions? Questions that showed I care, and that I am invested in that person’s growth and well-being? Lastly, I tell myself: Forgive yourself, you’ll get another chance. Breathe. You were completely you when you got that moment with them, and they appreciate that.
*Breathe, and be you!
This is very important in leadership because, often those in leadership roles don’t act as leaders, but rather take folks for granted and don’t appreciate them enough. Sometimes I’d even flip the order of the questions when supporting leadership development because, ‘Breathing,’ and ‘Being you’ (getting more in touch with your personal sense of ‘why’) is necessary to being able to be ‘present enough’ to listen well and ask the best questions.
Reflect. Breathe. Be you. Listen. Ask Questions. Repeat.
Note: I don’t always take my own advice and I ‘kick myself,’ but then I remember to BREATHE and I’m off to another great start. Life is cyclical, we get second chances BUT our impact on those around us is sometimes irreversible. So, be mindful.
Let me know if you need more information from me and or if you have questions that might support my elaboration on this.
Adult Education Block Grant, Golden West College