Listening for Greatness in Others

Are you helping others identify their greatness?

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Robbi Crawford—professional mentor, sociologist, speaker and author—explains why leaders should listen for others’ greatness, and shares questions to help them identify their greatness.

“A big question that typically stops them is, ‘Who are your heroes? Who are the people that you admire?’” explains Robbi. “When they're talking, I'm listening for what they're saying, and I will even sometimes stay on one particular word and say, ‘I noticed that you used this word. Why did you use that word?’ … We talk about it a little bit and dissect it.”

Watch the video to learn more from Robbi about how to listen for and identify greatness in others.

One of the things that I do when I'm in a conversation with students is listening for their greatness. And it's interesting because it's kind of hard to summarize what that is and to share with someone how to do that. I almost think that that's one of the things that's very unique to me and my greatness is being able to detect that.

A big question that typically stops them is, "Who are your heroes? Who are the people that you admire?" I love having conversations with everyone but students in particular. When they're talking, I'm listening for what they're saying, and I will even sometimes stay on one particular word and say, "I noticed that you used this word. Why did you use that word? "I don't know." We talk about it a little bit and dissect it. And they're like really interesting. Sometimes they may want to change it, or they may want to say, "I never thought about that." So when I'm talking about identifying your greatness, I'm really looking at, what are those things that just come naturally to them, those innate talents and abilities that come natural.

Some kids are more empathetic than others and they don't realize that. Some young people are really great listeners. Some young people are very creative. Some of them are problem solvers. And helping them to see that it's not about the job, the job is just as a way to demonstrate that greatness, but to help them to see those little bit, little areas where they may have not even paid attention or thought it was important. I want you to notice that. And so maybe your assignment for the next two to three weeks is, notice every time you do or say that. I want you to notice and then come back and tell me what you thought like, "OK, all right. I'll do that."

So again, that makes them more aware. They begin to tap more into what I believe is their greatness. And then it's like, "Wow, I'd loved to explore this more.”
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Robbi Crawford

Robbi Crawford, Professional Mentor, Sociologist, Speaker and Author, is a former college professor and fierce advocate of today's college student. She's the founder of BrijBrand, an inward-bound hub of services and products designed ...

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