It is strange but true that many people love the opportunity to run down a colleague, an associate, a family member or even anybody that they can find as a target.
It is a very unattractive trait. To whisper about someone’s failings or perceived failings; or to try to deflect one’s own failings by pointing the finger somewhere else.
“If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.” Aesop
If you get a reputation for gossiping and running down your colleagues then you will lose credibility fast, you will never be a true leader, you will not be someone that people want on their team.
The kind of people that I admire are supportive of their team, will find good things to say about people, will not repeat destructive comments … I would describe them as people with character.
A person with character will listen more than they talk, and if they hear gossip about others then they keep it to themselves. This is the kind of person who makes a good team player, the kind of person who people want to be around.
“Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?” Sean Covey
A person of character will build people up … not knock them down!
Make it a goal to be a person of character!
Kevin Dee is the founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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