We’ve all heard of those who “talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.” You can be a great listener, a highly empathetic, engaging, charming, and tactful person, but if you don’t step up and reach out to other people when the situation requires it, then all your other skills are meaningless. Just saying “I feel for you” doesn’t cover it. Your actions speak louder than your words.
In your work relationships, this means not only doing your job and striving to be successful but helping others do their jobs and supporting them in their efforts to succeed.
Sometimes, you must place your own self-interests, concerns, and agendas on hold and dial in to those around you. It’s not about being the center of attention or the funniest person in the room; it’s about engaging with other people on their terms and making them comfortable enough to invite you into their lives.