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Curiosity helps to influence others

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Curiosity is free, it’s a mindset you can de­­velop, and it’s the perfect antidote to uncertainty, says executive coach Sue Bethanis.

Curiosity increases our ability to see things through others’ eyes and stay open to ideas, says the author of Leadership Chronicles of a Corporate Sage.

Think about being a stranger in a foreign country, she says. Your ability to adapt and see things differently in a new place is like dealing with any new development in uncertain times.

So how to sharpen your curiosity?

First, ask good questions and be curious. Second, show empathy, which lets you see something through somebody else’s eyes.

Be willing to listen and learn. It will let you face uncertainty more smoothly and with less stress.

“Your confidence will rise when you know you can see intractable problems from various points of view,” Bethanis says. “This starts with curiosity.”

— Adapted from “Stay Curious Amid Uncertainty,” Sue Bethanis, Motivated.

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