I love the English language, but sometimes a word comes along in another language that says it so much better.

“Sprezzatura” is an Italian word meaning ease of manner, studied carelessness or the appearance of acting without effort.

What a great word and a terrific concept.

It brings to mind a swan on a lake, smooth and graceful on the surface, but paddling hard underneath.

We know it when we see it and want more of it around us.

My guess is that a lot of people need to have more sprezzatura. 

Some people make hard work out of life and everything seems to be difficult and challenging.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could waltz through life with an ease of manner that in turn puts others at ease. 

Don’t be fooled though, I don’t mean not putting effort in, I mean making effort look easy. 

I mean working hard without:

  • huffing and puffing. 
  • constantly rubbing your forehead. 
  • deep sighs of consternation. 
  • taking your stress out on those around you. 
  • yelling, swearing and getting the veins on the side of your head sticking out.

It means being cool in a crisis. 

If you have sprezzatura, when things seem to go wrong, you can guide people through with a measured, calm demeanour.

It personifies leadership and it can be displayed no matter what your role is. 

If you’re a leader, you need it.

If you’re a parent, you really need it.

If you work in a customer service role or in a team environment, you need it.

Go get it.

Keep working hard, stay cool and have more sprezzatura.

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