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This is a follow up to my post on Frances Hesselbein. I had the opportunity to listen to a live webinar with Hesselbein on International Women's Day. She closed by saying she imagines that she has two invisible tattoos about leadership to remind her of two specific things. Hesselbein said that on one shoulder it says: Ask–don't tell.
On her other shoulder, she imagines that it says: Think first. Speak last.
Several of my readers have shared what their "tattoos" say, so I said I would share mine. Since tattoos are serious and not easily removed, this is not easy. But for now I am going with these:
Be interested. When we are interested in others, in things, in learning, in whatever–This helps us build relationships and is outwardly focused rather than self-focused. It keeps us curious and asking questions.
Honesty with kindness. One of my friends shared this at a Women's Retreat I facilitated in February on Leaving One's Legacy and I liked it. I realized that fairness is important to me and honest feedback. Sometimes, leaders (and people) have to deliver feedback that could be perceived as critical. But if we focus on delivering messages honestly, but with kindness then we are considering our tone, method, and approach. If we are to live with integrity, we have to be honest.
But I think I could have thought of several "tattoos." I always like this one:
I'd rather be dancing.
Now, if you did not share your tattoos, I think now is the time.