Tuesday, October 5, 2021


 Profound leaders and professionals are open and deep, able to leverage multiple thinking processes in dealing with varying situations wisely.

Back to the root of the word “profundity,” it means being insightful and gaining an in-depth understanding of things or people to overcome unconscious biases. It is the responsibility of each individual to examine themselves and to make sure they are open to true understanding, able to see beyond the obvious, look around the corner, and dig into the root cause of the problems. Here are a few characteristics of profundity.

Insightful: Insight is an understanding of cause and effect based on the identification of relationships and behaviors within a model, context, or scenario. Due to cognitive differences and personal circumstances, each one of us learns and filters information, perceiving things differently to shape subjective perception. Insight is the intersection of analytic thinking and synthetic thinking to gain an objective perception, see around the corner or read between the lines for truly uncovering the truth.

If you always categorize people/things via physical identification only, you are not profound; if you only read the content without contextual intelligence, you are not profound; if you only listen to the one side of the story, you are not profound; if you worship common sense or conventional wisdom only, you are not profound; if you are bipolar thinker with linear logic, you are not profound; if you only capture the symptom, without digging through the root cause, you are not profound. Circular vision and contextual intelligence with nonlinear logic deepen one’s insight; broadening the understanding of a specific cause and effect in a specific context or the core issues of a situation which leads to profound understanding and resolution.

Persuasive: Profundity is not for its own sake, but to be more persuasive or influential, and make progressive changes. Persuasion is related to the form of reasoning - the form of selectivity in the presentation of information to shape other people’s viewpoints and solve problems effectively. Profundity is important to connect the mind, unify the difference, demonstrate the better perception to be a good communicator upon thinking profoundly, upon knowing when to voice out, when to keep silent; upon striking the right balance without unconscious bias or extreme thinking.

To be persuasive means to be able to shape other people's views or opinions towards one's own views or perspectives. The strong "intellectual persuasiveness" aspect becomes quite legitimate in that people will try to get others to accept a proposal by showing benevolent intention, enriched knowledge, profound insight, and clear sequence-consequence logic. It implies reciprocity to build trustful relationships or the power of touch in minds and hearts to harmonize tensions or conflicts. In fact, a profound leader or professional can perceive things objectively, closer to the actual reality and is more persuasive for communicating with clarity and solving related problems comprehensively.

Empathetic: A profound mind is deep, sophisticated, "read between the lines," "listen to what is not being said," and respect other people as if you were in their position. From a communication perspective, empathy means using the right language with the right people; from problem-solving perspective, you can always listen and build understanding issues by imagining what it could feel like if you were in the other party’s position and acknowledge that experience, especially when it is much different than your own.

Being profound implies sound judgment and clear discernment. Walk in the shoes of the person you're judging, understand him/her from a different angle - character, strength, creativity, consistency, etc. It may be about keeping a certain distance and being very aware of which of your thoughts and behaviors are "yours," so they don't confound those of the person you are empathizing with. The goal is to understand things or people holistically to provide constructive feedback, make strategic alliances, initiate fair collaboration or health competition.

Paraconsistent: Being profound means consistency in what you say and act; it could also mean paradox - as the result of two opposing truths existing side by side, which can be both right. Paraconsistency enhances profundity as being paraconsistent is to strike the right balance of the paradoxical-pairs such as confidence and humbleness, logic and intuition, candor and diplomacy, analytics and intuition; listening and telling; asking and answering; etc, to achieve the innate fluidity and equilibrium, and outer balance and harmonization.

Being profound means to be able to think independently with the capability to make sound judgments, being clear about his/her responsibility; being flexible to take alternative paths; being thoughtful to handle tough issues step-wisely; being forethoughtful to prevent risks or avoid pitfalls on the way, etc. Not only keep consistent on themselves, what they think, what they say, or what they act, but they also look for consistency in their teams, in their organization as well as in the ecosystem for adding values and achieving high performance results.

Gravitational: Gravitas is about how you can generate a specific energy in yourself to help consciously and consistently create the authentic impact you choose. The deeper you can think, the more profound you become, showing strong character and gravitational traits such as humility, honesty, credibility, accountability, wisdom, etc. In fact, gravitas is neither defined by external environments nor external pressures but is ultimately defined by the character traits and profundity. It requires deep discipline and consistent practices to be truly profound.

The more you know, the more you know you don’t know and admit the unknown unknown. You become wise when you are humble enough to be aware of and admit what you don't know and share what you know. Being gravitational doesn't mean lacking confidence, rather, it’s about striking the right balance of being confident and being humble, being passionate and cool-headed; being hard-working and effortless, self-worth and the worth of others; to reach the deep state of consciousness,

Profound leaders and professionals are open and deep, able to leverage multiple thinking processes in dealing with varying situations wisely. If we do not direct gradual strides toward pursuing the deeper state of thoughts and mindful actions, then we will never know what the substance can do for the potential of our livelihoods. As we step into the more advanced era with unprecedented convenience and omnipresent digital footprints, profundity is one of the most crucial traits to discern clearly, decide effectively, and influence deeply.


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