Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: Uncovering Your Own Weaknesses

In the tenth chapter of his book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John Maxwell gives his fifth set of practices for connecting, namely, how to gain credibility as a leader by living what you communicate.   In yesterday’s post, I discussed the opening to the chapter, in which the first step in connecting with others is the ability to connect with yourself.

In this chapter, I outline the various ways that John Maxwell suggests for doing this.

In the previous post, I talked about how John Maxwell says connecting with yourself is the first step you need to gain credibility before connecting with others.    You can do this through self-assessment (for which I suggested the journal method taught by Shawn Achor at his TED talk) and self-talk to help you maintain a realistic but positive outlook on life.

This next section deals with what to do when you uncover weaknesses or flaws during that self-assessment.

2.  Right Your Wrongs

If you do make decisions that don’t turn out the way they were intended to, let your team know that you made a mistake.   They will respect you for it.

If your decisions accidentally hurt people, you need to tell them that you are sorry.   Then you need to make amends.  You cannot change decisions you have already made, but you can change decisions that will effect others from here on out.

3.  Be Accountable

When you make a commitment, you create hope.    When you keep a commitment, you create trust.

Allow others to ask questions, to challenge you, so that any weaknesses can be uncovered more quickly.   That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.

The next post deals with leading the way you life.


One Response

  1. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long
    comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say great blog!

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