Five Positive Traits to Enhance Flexibility

Flexibility is often cited as one of the most important traits of every successful entrepreneur and leader. It is the ability to adapt your behavior to treat others the way they want to be treated. If you want to become more flexible in your way of interacting with others, cultivate the following 5 positive traits.

Confidence – It means having belief in yourself and trusting your own judgement and resourcefulness. Having confidence in specific situations would flow from your ability to meet life’s challenges. A person who exhibits confidence appreciates a sincere compliment, and is able to handle criticism. Confidence is something that gets built up over time, and this stems from your history of both large and small victories and accomplishments. This helps you handle yourself well in any situation. It’s easy to get someone’s attention with confidence. However, it’s hard to be flexible when you’re fearful or easily intimidated.

Tolerance – A person is tolerant when he is open to accepting opinions and practices different from his own, while an intolerant person doesn’t get attention from a diverse audience. Tolerance is developed from an early age, and this is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give to a child. Holding negative attitudes towards certain people prevents flexibility. With tolerance, however, people who may initially disagree will start to listen to one another and open dialogue. This opens up creativity and coming up with solutions to problems.

Empathy – A person with empathy will feel the pain or joy in the other person. Some people may confuse it with sympathy, which means acknowledging the feelings of someone else. Sympathy results in kindness and pity. Empathy, however, is a term for a deeper feeling, where you can put yourself in someone else’s shoes. You can’t feel the pain or joy of another person until you are able to feel the same thing in yourself. Do you acknowledge your own pain? Can you feel your own joy? Real empathy lies in simply finding the same place within yourself that the other person is experiencing. The willingness to be flexible can be easy when you can put yourself in someone else’s shoes.

Being positive – This allows you to maintain a state of positive expectations about people and situations, including a positive state of energy in your thoughts and emotional patterns. The attitudes we hold shape our experience and come from deep within you. This is built on having a positive life philosophy, knowing your strengths, and surrounding yourself with other positive people. This gives you a sense of purpose and can get you through the tough times. Avoid people who tend towards negative traits, as they often drain you. By maintaining positive energy, you will develop the other three traits of empathy, tolerance, and confidence, and people will start being drawn to you.

Respect for others – We’ve all heard the golden rule of “do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” Treat people the way they want and need to be treated. Having a respect for others is not only a moral imperative, but also necessary for survival. It’s easy to become flexible when you respect others.

Kris de Leon is an Internet Entrepreneur, Small Business Consultant, and Attraction Marketing mentor. For help on developing your leadership skills, check out some skills training videos on Attraction Marketing.

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