Brené Brown: Assume Others Are Doing The Best They Can
Assuming the best in people is a vital skill for leaders
“I know my life is better when I work from the assumption that everyone is doing the best they can.” – Brené Brown, Dare to Lead
Brené Brown asks if you've ever experienced one of these?
- Your client doesn’t ring you back, and you think they’re a time-waster.
- Your friend cancels a bike ride, and you're convinced they take you for granted.
- Your sales manager loses an account, and you view them as hopeless.
- Your colleague asks you to pay the bill, and you assume they’re a tightwad.
Sound familiar? Then, it might be time to revisit the value of “assumption of positive intent.”
Dr. Brené Brown, TED top 5 speaker and author of five No. 1 New York Times best-selling books including Dare to Lead, says extending the most generous interpretation possible to the intentions, words, and actions of others sounds straightforward, but it’s a skill set that's neither easy to learn nor practice.
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