We went on for a bit, and then they eventually asked for my name. But there was something different with this interaction, because I felt like I had to ask for their name too (and I did), even though I didn’t necessarily need it.
This interaction highlights an important factor—that when understood—can teach us how to better lead and inspire:
We all have a narcissistic side to ourselves—this is why someone who mirrors us in a conversation makes us feel more comfortable, heard, and seen. We should understand this factor for two main reasons:
i) To be wary of those who use this factor to exploit and manipulate others, whether subconsciously or consciously.
ii) To practice empathy to connect so that we can inspire those around us.
One of the most powerful insights I’m learning about leadership is what it means to be a leader. As Simon Sinek puts it, those who lead inspire others to believe in their own vision. Those who lead help others understand their own strengths and value to themselves.
Here’s to exploring how to feel, connect, and inspire.
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