Sometimes we fall into the trap of wanting those we are in relationship with to make a change before we do. The downside of this perspective is, if they don’t change neither do you, and the relationship never improves. Rather than expecting others to change their behavior first, be the change you want to see; take on a leadership role and be the inspiration for positive change. The upside to this approach is that change will occur. At the very least, you will improve your part of the situation and, it becomes increasingly likely that the other person will change in response to the improvements you make on your part. Rather than demanding that others change before you do, lead the way to improved relationships by making changes in yourself.
Coaching Tip #842
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This article was written for and published in collaboration with The Business Times newspaper.