How often do you make the time to encourage others? What benefits can a kind word from you have on the daily outcomes for someone you know? How do leaders build direct reports into valuable team members and future leaders?
Encourage them and watch them grow!
I look for ways to reach out and help my tree continue to grow daily. Some days it’s just a simple text to say hello and other days jumping on a phone call may be a better option to be a people builder.
A simple ‘check-in’ can be the catalyst to help someone experiencing a difficult challenge in their day. This approval process can be what they have been craving but didn’t know they needed.
Leaders can bring this concept into the work environment by having a complete understanding of their staff members. Knowledge of strengths and weaknesses can enhance this process. Look for ways to emphasize and cultivate the strengths of your team to unlock hidden potential. Also look for opportunities to encourage team members to stretch their skills for additional growth. Leaders who encourage their people to test their limits and provide a foundation for growth are ‘people builders’.
I make it a point to tell direct reports, “I don’t care if you make a mistake, just don’t make the same mistake twice”. This statement is my way to let people know they are encouraged and should explore additional ways to get things accomplished in the work environment. We constantly hear about work place diversity but at times hinder the process of diverse thoughts, ideas and concepts.
‘Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it’. (Colin Powell)
Everyone wants to be valued—plant the seeds today and watch the people around you grow. Show an authentic belief in them and their overall success. This concept can be utilized in the work environment and with daily interaction with family, friends and others you cross paths with. Take the time to showcase the ‘positive’ when communicating throughout the day. Go ahead and give that vote of confidence to someone who is considering making a big change in their professional or personal life. Your encouragement may be the thing they need to move forward.
You become a ‘people builder’ when you provide the nudge, advice or encouragement needed to help them Walk into The Future.
Who can you build up today?