215: David Lee on Creating Safety in Conversations
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David Lee is the founder of HumanNature@Work and StoriesThatChange.com. He is the author of nearly 100 articles and book chapters on topics related to leadership, constructive conversations, and personal development. He is author of Powerful Storytelling Techniques, published by ATD press, and is currently working on a new book Courageous Conversations At Work. He is especially interested in helping people “show up” as their Best Selves and have the important conversations they need to engage in, to have the life they desire.
A Woman Who Impacted You
David’s best friend and former partner has always had the skill to ensure emotional safety with a gentle approach to listening and allowing you to feel comfortable. With a gentle presence, she was able to see the potential in him when he would doubt himself.
What Holds Women Back from Stepping Up as Leaders?
Though it is not typically gender specific, choosing silence over speaking up in our professional or personal lives can hold us back. David believes that when we bring up difficult conversations in a respectful way, it models how to have the hard conversations.
The Benefit of Mentoring Women
David mentored a woman for many years, eventually becoming more colleagues and friends than mentor and mentee. David found himself in a situation where he would benefit from her help, and it was a nice switch to become the student. David recommends that mentors also become the students sometimes to keep perspective.
The Necessary Changes
Challenge your self limiting beliefs. David was faced with a situation where he almost talked himself out of a great opportunity. The entire process made him question what else had he been telling himself he couldn’t do.
David has a book called, Courageous Conversations at Work, where he tells different stories about people and their challenging conversations, in storybook style.
“Better results require better conversations.”
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