Friday’s Leadership Quotes 46 – 50
I will post, on Fridays, selected leadership quotes. I’ll try to maintain a theme in a given week’s quotes, but if something in particular strikes me that week, it will probably go in anyway!
Many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.
~Phillip Lord Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words. You listen not only to the ‘music,’ but to the essence of the person speaking.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
~Henry David Thoreau
An essential part of true listening is the discipline of bracketing, the temporary giving up or setting aside of one’s own prejudices, frames of reference, and desires so as to experience as far as possible the speaker’s world from the inside, step inside his or her shoes. This unification of speaker and listener is actually an extension and enlargement of ourselves, and new knowledge is always gained from this.
~M. Scott Peck, MD
Take care, and enjoy life,
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