Inspiration and lessons for your leadership journey!
"Because we’re a social species, listening is crucial to our survival. It’s the glue of connection."
I dedicate this week's blog to Rosezina and her family who are celebrating the life of her twenty-four year old son today who died suddenly early this week. May he rest in peace and may you all be comforted with love! Please keep them in your prayers.
New research shows that because each of us have special ‘mirror neurons’ in our brains, we are able to experience in a very similar way what others are experiencing – simply by watching and listening to them.
We can feel their joys and their pains – but amazingly, when we listen with empathy, both have a quieting of the stress response and increase in the healing response (both physically and psychologically).
Other research also shows that when we listen to others with empathy, the person who is listened to is more likely to ‘pay it forward.’ If you want to build a culture of caring in your team, listen to your team members with empathy on a regular basis.
Listening with love and care bonds people together, too. When you listen with empathy, a bond forms between the two of you. This incorporates the other person into your definition of who you are and vice versa. Feelings of being connected, respected, valued, and having something of value to contribute grow – in others words, a sense of ‘we’ or team.
Listen to them with love and your team will ‘stick like glue’ together – through thick and thin.
Have an amazing journey today!
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This Week's Affirmations
(Repeat these quietly to yourself multiple times throughout the day.)
I take the time to watch and listen with empathy.
I am a loving listener.
I quiet my stress response, and the other’s, when I listen with love.
I increase healing when I listen with love.
When I listen with love, the other person passes that love on!
Listening with love builds strong bonds in my team.
Have an amazing journey today!
Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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