I strongly believe that one of the bonafide ways of showing genuine respect for a person is to pay attention and listen to them. Ensuring that my body language is appropriate for instance, avoiding the use of mobile devices during a meeting is a good way to show a person that I am attentive and that I am giving them all of my concentration (Lewis, 2012). Mirroring and being present at the moment by asking questions show I am a conscious listener, and also that I can build a strong bond. Furthermore, matching another person’s feelings and gestures makes them feel comfortable and accepted. Open-mindedness illustrates that I am not rigid to my own opinions alone, but that I can also listen and reason differently when convinced.
Keeping eye contact is a challenge for me because it sometimes becomes an awkward situation especially if someone thinks that I am staring at them. I am, however, learning how to slowly use the ‘fishhook technique’ to maintain longer eye contact without staring (Phutela, 2015). It is challenging dealing with people however emotional intelligence is commended because it assists me in keeping feelings of anger in check. It teaches me patience and embracing hearing and understanding different opinions. By so doing, I am improving my listening skills and making myself a more approachable leader (Nelson and Low, 2011).
I would use short stories to communicate because it captures the attention of the listeners. Additionally, they are most likely to stay longer with the listeners because they are interesting, easy to understand, and consequently pass the information vividly (Barker and Gower, 2010). Into the bargain, I would use practical examples and experiments to pass information (Gill, 2011). All the discussed attributes are equally important because they work hand in hand in ensuring that a leader can effectively perform their duties.
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