Thought-full Thursday: Kindness

 

Today is the day for you to take a break for a few minutes to read, think, be and do. Focus with a deep breath, read the quote below and reflect on the questions. Your answers will help you to become the best leader you can be.

 

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. ~Joseph Joubert

 

  • What makes kindness important to how you lead?
  • Who can you be intentionally kind to, even if they don’t deserve it?
    • What about them makes them deserving of your kindness?

 

I am a former executive in a Fortune 100 company. I have owned and operated an executive coaching firm since 2003 called Aspire Collaborative Services LLC. We partner with great leaders to help them become even greater at developing, improving, and sustaining relationships with the people who are essential to their success. This blog is for leaders and those who help them to be more intentional about relationships at work. My top personal values include respect for others, kindness, compassion, collaboration and gratitude. I work very hard at practicing my values daily and when I don’t succeed, I practice some more. I am married with two wonderful daughters and two spoiled pugs.

2 comments on “Thought-full Thursday: Kindness

  1. With due respect to the late M. Joubert, he missed the mark. No person can be loved more than they deserve, because everyone is equally, intrinsically deserving of love. It is incumbent upon us all to be intentionally kind to everyone. When we fail to be kind to someone, for whatever reason, it is our failure, not theirs. Had he lived a century and a half later, Joubert could have learned that from a far greater leader and role model:

    “The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.” – Fred Rogers

  2. Thanks JR for that perspective. I agree completely. Perhaps the quote should be worded “A part of kindness consists in loving people more than YOU MIGHT THINK they deserve” which is how I read into it. I love the Fred Rogers quote.

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