Words of Affirmation

Years ago, I stumbled upon the Five Love Languages and discovered that Words of Affirmation truly resonate with me. However, as a leader, I’ve realized that this preference can be a double-edged sword. Leadership can often feel like a solitary journey, where decisions are met with criticism instead of support, both from clients and team members. It’s just the nature of the role.

Recently, I challenged myself to see these criticisms in a different light – as valuable insights rather than personal attacks. I’ve come to understand that in a world where many suffer silently, it takes courage for someone to speak up, even if what they say isn’t what I want to hear.

It’s all too easy for frustrations to simmer beneath the surface until they boil over, resulting in lost relationships or business opportunities. So, when faced with Words of Dissatisfaction, I’ve learned to approach them with empathy and an open mind. Each critique is a chance to improve, to strengthen relationships, and to make our products or culture better.

So, let’s embrace these moments of vulnerability and turn them into opportunities for growth. Because in the end, it’s not just about being heard – it’s about listening, understanding, and evolving together.

Until next time,



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