“In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect, communication that inspires, and encourages others to do their best.”– Zig Ziglar
The Harvard Study of Adult Development is one of the longest (75+ Years and still going) and most complete studies of adult life ever conducted. One of the purposes of this multi generational study was to find what makes a happy and healthy life. What they found out was that those people who maintained close relationships with family, friends, and community faired much better than those who did not. Those people who cultivated quality relationships throughout their lives were found to be happier and healthier.
But maintaining quality relationships can be hard. All too often amidst all the complexity of modern life, we lose sight of one another. We can begin to see our family, friends, colleagues, and clients though a fog of our own emotions. Seeing them as a projection of our emotion rather than who they really are.
The greatest leaders in history surrendered their ego to make authentic lasting connections in their relationships. When a person experiences this treatment in comparison to what their normal experience is, they will seek you out to make further connections.
By authentically caring for others we can truly make a lifetime relationship. Show the need. Honor a person’s struggle. People want to be heard, respected, and to know that they matter. This is common to all of humanity. Give your full attention to another person you will make a life long connection.
Vice President Dennis Leno