It’s week two here at the women’s shelter and I feel like I could write a book about leadership entitled, “4000 Things Not To Do In A New Environment.”
But, for the sake of these next few blog posts I’ll relate a few things that have gone right.
For anyone that has learned a tonal language, you are aware that it is incredibly difficult.
I’ve found myself in countless situations saying a syllable and having them laugh and then give up after trying to say something ten times with no success. I feel like speaking Thai for an English speaker’s mouth is excruciating. How they make some of those sounds is lost on me.
I found out very quickly that I wasn’t going to learn enough Thai in one month to make a difference. Luckily, I had an alternative language: my actions.
From the first day I became the go-to girl. I may have not been able to understand their vocal instructions, but I could be shown and directed and take the initiative on every possible job I knew needed to be done.
From scrubbing the floors to organizing the libraries to cleaning toilets.
I have become fluent in taking initiative… at least while I’m here.
So what does this have to do with leadership? It is foundational!
All of us can relate to new situations.
Every place you work and personality you work with is a new situation.
Each of us has a person in our lives who we seem completely unable to connect with. Either you started off on the wrong foot or don’t know what foot to even start with.
That being said, all of us have access to a universal language: action.
Your challenge this week: find someone you struggle to connect with. Instead of trying to tell them important points and that they are important… show them.
The well-known adage of ‘actions speak louder than words’ holds true…when you can’t find the words…act!
Good luck this week.