The positive impact of listening is trumpeted loudly nowadays in many quarters, so there is no need to go about spreading light on this aspect of leadership here.
From a position just a step away from this usual stance, we might wish to consider the idea of spreading light through listening with our heart rather than just our ears.
Listening with our heart is a proactive way of spreading light in the sense we are able to engage with the person before us in an empathetic manner, appreciating his or her presence as it is. Few can realistically ask more from us at such times.
By spreading light in the form of ‘being with’ others, we may wish to consider the rays of goodness being generated. Although possibly a little ‘out of the ordinary’, it is no doubt better than perpetuating the aggression so prevalent throughout many areas of work today.
With regards to spreading light as a means of living our potential, it could be argued we are shining bright when we are doing our best by being our true self. Spreading light is perhaps a way of putting this into practice.
Others of course have the option to replicate our efforts or indeed, should they wish, ignore our actions completely. Either way, in as much as we are responsible for our actions, the manner in which we are spreading light adds to the brightness of the moment.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).