Way back in 2019, I got to hang out with Oprah.
Technically it was Oprah, me and 10,000 other people listening to her do a keynote at the Qualtrics conference in Salt Lake City.
But I could tell she really would have preferred to be just talking to me.
Anyway…she said that every person she interviews – whether a “regular” person like all of us – or a famous actor, musician or head of state…they all always say the same thing to her after her interviews.
“How’d I do?”
Then she said what is one of the truest things I’ve ever heard. Something I think about every day and try to remember in every interaction I have with people…
“Everyone just wants to be seen and heard.”
I knew it when she said it:
That’s true. That’s leadership.
So…remember Oprah the next time you interact with a human person. Make sure you see them. And hear them. It’s what we all want and need.