Lazy, unmotivated, misdirected, selfish, unfocused, withdrawn. Labels can make you blind to the truth in a person. What aren’t you seeing when you apply a label to someone?

For example, a lazy person might be struggling to focus due to a personal problem. A scattered person may be fighting mental illness. Withdrawl might be happening due to past trauma.

Stop yourself the next time you’re going to apply a label. Instead, get to know the person a little better. You might find an easy way to help them thrive.

If nothing else, they will feel heard and supported. It’s what leaders do.

You’ve got this.