Abraham Maslow taught us long ago that human beings need others to care about them.  Maslow called it a sense of belonging or esteem; having friends and feeling respected and accepted. When we show someone we care, we communicate their importance and value as a person.  Getting out of own heads and into the hearts and needs of others is how we possess Genteel.

There are 4 aspects to GenteelGenteel

Compassion.  Sympathetic awareness of others’ distress and a desire to alleviate it.

Empathy.  The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another.

Humility. Not proud or arrogant.

Politeness. Marked by an appearance of consideration, tact, deference, or courtesy.

What have you done lately to show Genteel?

ACTION ITEMS: Identify four people who need your Genteel.

  1. Who, How, AND When will show Compassion?
  2. Who, How, AND When will show Empathy?
  3. Who, How, AND When will show Humility?
  4. Who, How, AND When will show Politeness?

Let me know how you do!