Everybody has indulged in it. Everybody, if they were honest, would acknowledge that they actually enjoyed taking part. Everybody hopes that they are not the subject of it. What am I talking about?
“Who gossips with you will gossip of you” Irish Proverb
Gossip is basically idle talk or rumour. It can be founded on a truth, heresay, imagination, or a twisting truth.
Put simply, I believe gossip to be:
- emotionally draining
I have found that if I entertain gossip i.e. if I stay and listen to it, then it grows. However, I have learned that if I remove myself from the tittle-tattle then, for me, the gossip dies down, and in the end, is extinguished.
Society adores gossip. In fact there is big business in it. However, for a leader, it is best avoided. It can colour decisions. It can undermine relationships and even destroy teams. If leaders indulge in gossip, they compromise their integrity, trust, respect and influence.
“In our appetite for gossip, we tend to gobble down everything before us, only to find, too late, that it is our ideals we have consumed, and we have not been enlarged by the feasts but only diminished” Pico Iyer
So, in conclusion, to grow in strength of character, avoid gossip.
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