The Gift of Presence

Have you ever been talking with a leader one-on-one, only to realize that they were not really listening? Was it clear that they were distant and simply not present?

I know this has happened to me many times, and it never made me feel good. I also know that I’ve done it to others many times, and I’m sure it never made them feel good either.

In this day, it’s far too easy to become consumed by the demands on our time and the variety of distractions that we encounter on a regular basis. And as leaders, we often have many things on our mind that keep us from connecting with the people we lead.

But one of the greatest thing we can do for others is to take time to be present with them, even if just for a few uninterrupted minutes. Letting others know that they have our undivided attention and focus shows them that they matter and that we are interested in what they have to say. This goes a long way in building trust and encouraging the people we lead.

What steps can you take to remove distractions and become more present with the people you lead? I encourage you to take some time to think about that this week.

Here is a short video to help you think about this further:

Tips for Leading Well

Written by Jeremy Couch

Jeremy Couch is a Leadership Architect who helps leaders build thriving cultures. Most recently, he served as Executive Director for Palm Beach Atlantic University-Orlando and an Assistant Professor of Leadership. He is passionate about teaching, writing, consulting, and speaking on topics related to leadership development and organizational health.

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