Take Your Soul To Work: Day 8 – Praise
“Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.” William Arthur Ward (1921–1994) named the fine lines between emotions that, pulled slightly in one direction, are destructive and, in another, constructive. Ward was a popular author and inspirational speaker who, as a Methodist and religious man, recognized the importance of inspiration in building character.
Insecure leaders hang on the praise of others; while secure leaders give praise to others.
Secure leaders enjoy praising others. Secure leaders feel good—not when others tell them how good they are, but when they can tell others how good they are. We enjoy being with people who make us feel special, who notice our distinctiveness, who compliment our uniqueness. We shrink in the presence of those who make us question ourselves, who make us feel insignificant and small. With our praise we create light and buoyancy. We may follow leaders, bosses and supervisors who need praise but cannot give it, but we will never truly believe in them because they do not believe in us. When we praise others often, it is easier to critique them when necessary because they feel respected. We have put enough deposits in their emotional bank to make an occasional withdrawal. They understand that we are invested in the relationship and are trying to grow us, not diminish us.”
Who needs your praise today?
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