What is Consideration?


Thoughtful concern for others, high regard, esteem (

Cultural Perspective
To preserve the harmony of the group, the Japanese go to great lengths to avoid causing one another embarrassment or shame; therefore, shame is an obvious sign of the group’s disapproval and a powerful deterrent to deviant behavior. (Gannon, M. J. (2001). Working across cultures: Applications and exercises. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publication, Inc. p. 126)

Quotes about consideration

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.“ - Mother Teresa (1910-97), Albanian-born Indian nun, founded Missionaries of Charity, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
  • Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. ~ Mother Theresa
  • Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness, kindness in feeling creates love. ~ Lao Tzu
  • If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give. ~ Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

Reflective questions about consideration

  • When was the last time you showed consideration to a friend or family member?
  • When someone shows you kindness, how do you feel inside?
  • Can you think of a situation that a very small act of consideration made a huge difference?