More Diversity Let’s recognize and appreciate that diversity is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, which include race, ethnic origin, and color, religion and creed, sexual orientation, age, and ability, to name but a few. As ever-evolving creatures in an ever-changing world, the innumerable aspects of our humanity – all our ways of being, knowing, and moving through the world – are contained in this one concept.
More Emotional Intelligence We must be deeply and sincerely emotionally intelligent, starting with an ongoing commitment to developing self-knowledge. Have the bravery and strength to take a good, hard look at yourself and understand more about the roots of your core thoughts, mindsets, values, and behaviors. And examine in a much more intimate way than ever before just how your past has shaped you. When you commit to growing in your self-knowledge, with eyes wide open, your entire approach to your life and relationships will transform.
More Empathy Let’s develop the ability for humans to understand, share, and acknowledge how others are feeling and understand how our words and actions impact others and let’s open the door wide and build more togetherness. Let’s design a class for empathy that’s taught in every classroom, every academy, every corporate and government training agenda.
More Faith It’s easy to lose hope in this upside-down world full of poverty, war, and pain. Love, under these conditions, can seem pointless—even weak. But it’s just the opposite. The strongest, most inspiring people in history are the ones who chose to love regardless of their circumstances. What gives some people the ability to love where others fail? Faith. Faith is the decision to love, no matter the circumstances. And the more you choose love, the greater your faith will grow.
More Forgiveness It is not hard to imagine how it would be of enormous benefit to humanity to cultivate forgiveness as it is an antidote to our predisposition toward revenge and avoidance. Forgiveness is good for our health, our relationships, our souls, and peace in the world and that’s reason enough to convince virtually anyone to do the work of letting go.
More Gratitude Cultivating gratitude matters. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts, and benefits we’ve received. When we look at life as a whole, gratitude encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our life. We recognize the sources of this goodness as being outside of ourselves. We can appreciate positive traits in ourselves, but I true gratitude involves a humble dependence on others: We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.
More Hope Living a hopeful life is to recognize that everything and everyone matters. That includes you since you are part of the hopefulness in the world. Taking care of yourself matters. The quality of the work you do matters. It matters how you are treated and how you treat others. Each one of us is a small mirror of talents, love, and joy that we have to offer each other to create our world. So hope is energy – your positive energy, your talents, value, and your soul. It is the lifeblood of the human race.
More Humility Imagine if we all put the needs of others first, talked about ourselves and our needs less. A keen sense of humility is vital to great because it authenticates a person’s humanity. We are all human, and therefore, all flawed and vulnerable in our own unique ways. Great leaders have a depth of understanding, garnered from their experience, as to where their inherent strengths and weakness lie. This type of self-awareness is paramount to the development of humility. Being self-revealing is what brings people into connection. It is what makes people feel safe and accepted, and it is the part of each person that is open to guidance, coaching, and self-improvement.
More Kindness Being kind is often dismissed as a weakness. Of course, it is; we live in a competitive environment that emphasizes winning at any cost. Kind people prefer to risk being open rather than turning inward and focusing solely on their own concerns. This is a new kind of bravery —an everyday heroism to counter the general culture of cynicism.
More Listening The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. Active listening involves more than just hearing someone speak. When you practice active listening, you are fully concentrating on what is being said. You listen with all of your senses and give your full attention to the person speaking. When you practice active listening, you make the other person feel heard and valued. In this way, active listening is the foundation for any successful conversation.
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