years back when I started writing my book,
The Connected and Committed
Leader, I began to understand the wisdom
in counter- intuitive truths. Many of the
leadership insights I gleaned were about turning around
some common perceived truth in order to find the wisdom
in the unexpected.
began to discover some of these for myself, I began to
see how so many lessons in life were based in these
counter-intuitive truths that could be applied
both at home and at work. Here are just a
collection of some of my
back in order to push forward
receptive to others in order to influence them
others in order to be seen
less in order to say more
I heard a counter-intuitive truth in a line of a
popular song "the more you see, the less you know" and
before I dismissed it as just another clever twist of
words, I explored it further. And I found the
grain of wisdom in
It took me
back to when I was 18 and wanted to leave my home
town. As I matured, I felt stifled there and felt
as if life would be bigger and broader somewhere
else. Many of my friends, acquaintances or
family members didn't feel that way, and at that time
all I knew was that I felt different.
was that I was different. I had traveled and
explored and seen a lot of the world at a young age
which was more than many others in my home town.
And by seeing more, I realized I needed to know
more. In essence, the more I saw, the less I knew.
One of the
greatest gifts to being exposed to more...more ideas,
more people, more companies, more jobs, more bosses,
more troubles, etc....is that as you see more, the
more you realize that there is so much more to know.
is nothing worst than a know-it-all. We have all
experienced a know-it-all at some point in time.
In truth, know-it-alls haven't seen or experienced
much of the world. They are closed and resistant
to new information. They know it all because their
purview is kept small.
understanding this counter-intuitive truth, it is good
to be reminded that when you start to feel like you have
figured it all out and that you have all of the answers,
it's time to see more in order to be reminded that you
really know very little...in the grand scheme of things.
no wonder that leaders are constant learners.
Leaders are never know it alls. They seek to
see more and with the more they see, their quest to
learn more grows greater still...because the vastness of
not knowing expands with every new thing they
Laura Lopez is an
award-winning author of The
Connected and Committed Leader. She is a leadership and
branding expert who has been featured on the Today Show,
Latina Voices Smart Talk, Living Smart and Fox
In addition, her accomplishments have been
highlighted in several business periodicals
including Personal Excellence, The Long Beach
Business Journal, The Houston Chronicle, Latina
Magazine, and Central Valley Business Times. Her
articles on management and leadership are regularly seen
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