“When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you’re making a commitment and difference in that person’s life. Encouragement really does make a difference.” —Zig Ziglar
We all need encouragement. Everyone in your organization from the C-Suite down to the front-line needs someone cheering them on. How nice would it be if we had a whole organization of cheerleaders; every employee encouraging every other employee? How much benefit would be derived not only from being encouraged by others but from knowing that you are making a difference? So, how do you develop cheerleaders within your organization?
When people feel passionate about what they are doing, they naturally become a cheerleader for the cause. And, if they are cheering for the cause, they will also be cheering on those working toward that cause. Inspire your employees; help them see the meaningful purpose behind all their daily tasks.
When people feel like they are part of a community, they have a vested interest in the success of that community. Make sure every employee finds some commonality and sees that they fit into the work community despite their differences. When they know they are part of the community, they will cheer on their fellow members.
Set the example
When you, as a leader, cheer others on you serve as an example of support and encouragement. Your employees are watching you for signals of expected behavior. Make sure they see you cheering for each of them and they will soon follow your example.
It Makes a Difference
As Zig Ziglar said, “Encouragement really does make a difference.” Inspire passion in others so they will become cheerleaders for the cause and those working toward the cause. Create community where every member wants to see every other member succeed. Set the example of encouragement and support so others have a behavior to model. Develop your culture into one of commitment to the support and cheering on of others; what a difference it will make.
© 2017 Elizabeth Stincelli
Liz Stincelli is passionate about recognizing and inspiring the leader in each of us. She is the Founder of Stincelli Advisors where she focuses on helping organizations change attitudes, change communication dynamics, improve collaboration and problem-solving, engage employees, and strengthen organizational culture. Liz holds a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership.
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