When did you last encourage someone?
One of the most important components of great leadership and effective teams is the development of a culture of encouragement. As a leader, how often do you share encouraging words to those who are doing a great job with the work you have delegated to them?
Sadly, there are many workplaces where encouraging words are rarely heard. Here are some tips about encouraging others;
Encouraging others doesn’t come naturally for many leaders. They know that people are doing a good job but they don’t take the time to thank them and encourage them. Don’t hide behind the “it’s not my thing” argument. I believe that if you are not an encourager then you are not a fully effective leader.
Do it regularly
Okay, having read the previous comment you are going to go out and encourage someone. That’s great; but unless it becomes a part of your style and the culture of the team it won’t really benefit members of your team. With a lack of encouragement, your team members will feel unappreciated, feel uncertain about whether you think that they are doing well and, ultimately, their commitment to you as leader may be weakened.
Do it wisely
Some people are “over the top encouragers” and say wonderful things about everything. Too much encouragement will diminish its effect.
Do it with examples
When we encourage others, it is important to include real life examples of what they are doing well. Some team members who may have issues with self-esteem may not absorb your encouragements unless there is some substance to them and they can see how they really are doing well.
Do it with spoken and written words
There is a lot of power in a hand-written note, expressing thanks and appreciation. There is no value in just thinking about encouraging others. Unless thoughts change into words, they remain silent in your mind.
Do it to your leaders
Sometimes people are reluctant to encourage the leaders above them in the organisation. They don’t want to be perceived as “crawlers” ( an Aussie expression from the 1970’s), grovelling up to their boss for special favours. How sad that many leaders miss out on being encouraged because of attitudes like this. Just do it! They will appreciate it. They need it.
If you are an encourager then;
.. your team will feel appreciated.
.. you will feel good for the positive effect of your words.
.. the world will be a better place.
Who can you encourage today?
” I can live two months on a good compliment” Mark Twain