Several years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing the acclaimed leadership authority, Frances Hesselbein.  Frances said that “Listening to the whispers of our lives is critical. If we don’t listen to the whispers of our lives, we miss many messages. There are 3 types of whispers.

1.  First are the whispers of the body, when our body tries to tell us that something is not quite right. The more intellectual we are the more we tend to ignore the whispers of our bodies. Then one day an illness emerges and we can go back to that day when there was this whisper and we blocked or ignored it.

2.  And then there are whispers of the heart, of all the people we love, who love us, of our relationships.

3.  There are the whispers of the spirit, however we define our faith, that inner spirit, the spirit within — those quiet whispers that can comfort, heal, inspire.

The whispers of our lives are very important. When we ignore them our lives are diminished. We never reach the levels we could in understanding ourselves or in strengthening our relationships with others.”

There is a Sioux Indian saying that says: Listen to the whispers and you won’t have to hear the screams.  What whispers are you missing today?




  1. Great message, imagine the impact we could have as leaders if we could also apply this to our team and peer groups. Oftentimes we are reactive after the damage is done. If we invest the time to hear the whispers, our proactive approach could be transformational.

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