When I am criticized by others, do I ignore what they are saying – or listen for truth that’s in disguise?

As a leader, we are often coached by leadership books and articles to ignore criticism. This encouragement also comes from friends and loved ones who try to spare us unnecessary pain and despair. And statistically, they are often right – in a world of internet trolls and a culture that frequently seems to value tearing-down more than building-up, there is a lot of criticism that serves no value to our leadership. However, lying under the criticism, is often a hidden or disguised truth that we need to pay attention to. Instead of ignoring the criticism, we just need to ignore the surface part of it and look underneath for a pattern that will expose a deeper truth and reality that we need to be mindful of.

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