“If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it – young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous – is changed by it.” – John C. Maxwell
This year I am focusing on everyday leaders. Not those who hold a formal position of authority, but those of us who, through our behaviors, have the ability to influence and inspire those around us just by being us. This is the third installment of articles that focus on one specific behavior that can make a huge difference in our ability to impact the lives of others.
This month I want to talk about encouragement. What does encouragement have to do with being an everyday leader? It is the encouragement of everyday leaders that cheers us on when we are on the verge of giving up. This encouragement shows us that we are not alone, that others have confidence in us, and that someone truly cares and stands behind us. So, what does encouragement look like in everyday leadership?
You are on their side:
In the depth of our struggles, it is easy to feel like we are alone. The everyday leader is a comrade to those who are feeling cast-aside as if they were one against the world. When you encourage others, you show them that they have someone on their side who is rooting for them.
You can see beyond the obstacles:
When the going gets tough, it can be hard to see beyond the obstacles. The everyday leader sees and shares the hope and opportunity that exists in every situation. When you encourage others, you can share with them the view from beyond the obstacles they are facing.
You are vested in their success:
Sometimes it feels as though everyone and everything is working against us. The everyday leader wants to see everyone around them succeed and they are willing to give of themselves in the service of others. When you encourage others, you show them that you are truly vested in their success.
As John Maxwell pointed out in the quote at the beginning of this article, encouragement changes others. Encouragement allows everyday leaders to provide the support and hope to those around them that makes a real difference not only in their lives, but in who they are. Through their encouragement, everyday leaders make an impact on the lives of those around them.
How can you start encouraging others today?
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