I am not a hugger.
I don't know why. Maybe it's my upbringing (just kidding, Mom!). But I am not a hugger.
This may surprise some of you who have been the victim of a full-on, frontal assault hug.
Here's what I've learned:
When I worked in Connecticut for a New York-based company, we didn't hug. We shook hands, we kissed on each cheek, but we didn't hug.
Now I live in the mid-west and lead a team of huggers. So I am now a hugger. Not because I like to hug, but because the people around me like to hug.
And you know the funny part? I've even grown to like it!
Are you a hugger? Do you have something that hangs you up in your interactions? Something that keeps you separated from the people you lead? Try to look at it from their perspective. Will a "hug" go miles toward unity? Will a "hug" boost someone's self-esteem. Will a "hug" tell someone that you notice and appreciate them?
And you know the funny part? You may even grow to like it!