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Daily Leadership Thought #148 – A Little Courtesy Goes A Long Way


In the course of a given day the average person has interactions with dozens of people (if not more).  Many times these are only brief encounters with very little substance involved in the dialogue.  It’s easy not to pay attention to how you’re coming across and/or make the extra effort to be polite and courteous.  However, life is built on these small conversations.  You are either gaining allies/ friends or not.  And, you never know when you’ll need a helping hand or advocate.

It’s always best to try and spread a little sunshine in in life.   This can be as simple as being courteous and respectful because many people are not.   People like it when you remember their names.   How hard is it say hello or offer a smile or hold a door open for the other person?  Honestly, what does it take to say “please” and “thank you?”  When was the last time you asked someone how they were doing and actually bothered to listen to the answer like you cared about the question rather than offering it as a formality?

I am regularly surprised by how many people go out of their way to be rude or oblivious to the feelings of others.   They trudge through their interactions demanding respect or worse acting as if the other person doesn’t even matter.  Yet these same people are hyper sensitive to this treatment themselves.  You wonder how they go about life and consistently miss the social cues.  Maybe they just don’t care which is odd.  It is certainly a sad testament to their upbringing and often a reflection of their character.

I’ve said many times in other blogs that no one is ever successful or truly happy alone.  We need other people to take the journey with us.  Our family, friends and colleagues are our support network and we all need to feel supported.  This network will either grow or shrink based on our behaviors and attitude.  Every day is a chance to make a positive difference in someone else’s life (big or small).   It really isn’t as hard as it sounds.

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  1. Nice post.

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