In recent weeks, I have witnessed numerous examples of selfish, rude and inconsiderate people that it’s been troubling to me.
What’s troubling is these people could be someone’s boss … and if they behave this way off the job, how on earth do they perform on the job ?
Here’s a few recent examples of what I’m talking about, while just on an airplane:
- The guy humming loudly to the music on his headphones.
- The 2 or 3 people talking on their cell phones (loudly and simultaneously) while we are still on the ground (don’t get me started on this topic).
- The mad dash to get on the airplane first so they don’t miss out on overhead bin space.
- People bringing food on board that stinks up the whole airplane.
- The guy sitting in a window seat, who drinks excessively and needs to disrupt everybody frequently so he can use the restroom.
- The person who immediately puts their seat back when they know (and don’t care) there is no room for the passenger behind them when they do.
- The totally oblivious parents who sit behind you with their toddler who is constantly kicking your seat.
There are many non-airplane examples as well. Beginning with discourteous drivers – too many to mention specifics here. Or the person at Starbucks who is ordering (and paying for separately with exact change) 5 – different drinks … and don’t forget ‘the whistler’ – the guy, who for no apparent reason, while riding on a hotel or rental car shuttle bus feels compelled to whistle a tune
that’s annoying … where does it stop ?
I think I need to travel less.
My leadership tip for you this week is to remind you to be aware of how your actions and behaviors are impacting those around you.
You can probably get away with some things outside of your workplace … but the things you do or don’t do, the things you say or don’t say, how you react or don’t react, and how you behave could all become leadership landmines for you.
Exceptional leaders are considerate of others. They are aware of their surroundings and the impact they have on others … they are self-aware and they care … please be like this.
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