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3 Motivating Things Leaders Can Learn From Their Romantic Relationships

Written by: Omu Obilor, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


There's no capacity for learning. Whether you're dating someone, married, or recovering from a heartbreak, you can learn plenty of lessons from each of your relationships and leverage them in your business. While some of your relationships have been amazing and shown you a good side of life, you can't ignore the others that were horrible and opened your perspective on something known as red flags. Keeping that in mind, here are the three motivating things leaders can learn from their romantic relationships.

Enjoy the journey

A relationship is like a roller coaster ride where you may experience extreme highs and lows. The joys can be saying 'I do,' having children, traveling the world together, supporting, etc. The lows can be losing a loved one, constant fights, financial stress, health issues, mental illness, etc. And just like a relationship, a business can also experience highs and lows. Thus, you need to have a positive mindset and stay the course. It would be best to look at the optimistic side when you come across the lows and survive them.

Look out for the red flags

How often do you meet someone while dating that seems like someone on the surface level but turns out to be a whole different person from what you assumed them to be? Dating opens our eyes to something known as red flags. If you come across someone or something giving you the wrong vibes, you can avoid them for the better. The more you come across such people, the more you know what you want or don't want in a person. Business relations are similar. When hiring for your company, you are well-versed in reading people's minds from your romantic relationships experiences. And thus, you might know who's bluffing or genuine in their resumes and what kind of people your organization needs.

Compromise without losing yourself

Long-term successful relationships require healthy boundaries and unsaid ground rules. Sometimes you would have to give in to reasonable requests of your partners, but sometimes you may have to say no. Relationships make you flexible and diplomatic. This quality can also enhance your leadership capability. You might know when to walk away from a deal or request and when to compromise. Overall, you might see the value of self-respect. It will make you stand in good stead with your teammates and partnerships.

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Omu Obilor, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Omu is an International Coach, Speaker, Trainer, and Thought Leader. Her mantra is “Living my best life," this she achieves by living Intentionally. Her mission in life is to empower others to live their best life, curating the life they want for themselves.

As a founding member of the John Maxwell Team, she has mastered intentional living in personal and professional life. She performs the role of Executive Director and National Trainer in Business Network International (BNI), which empowered her to master training networking.

Omu has, over the years, poured out her all into the lives of her clients. Walking them through the various transitions in life and mentoring them through the transformation. She is driven by her passion for helping individuals realize that it is possible to live the life they dream of.

Extremely passionate about Transformation in people, she works tirelessly to see this through. Her approach is designed to increase awareness and accountability to increase morale and determine values. She runs a mentormind group for women looking to grow in their personal and professional lives. She also runs masterminds monthly, amongst others.



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