This Will Reveal If You’re An Encouragement

Real Encouragement Goes a Long Way
PHOTOGRAPH: Tim Cook | Photo shows Apple CEO Tim Cook with one of the “phenomenally talented” students at The BRIT School.

Edifying employees, company heads, or institutions can amount to something. Encouragement can propel people to keep up the good work and do even better and spur companies to live up to the good reputation extolled.

Those things can happen if the praises heaped are well-deserved and are given not to seek favor nor to promote a self-serving agenda. Real encouragement may be likened to oxygen for the soul –  sincere, positive words can help people be the best that they can.

By building someone up, encouraging and uplifting them — which is not just saying nice words — you position them, help pull out their best, and even set them up for success. Edification may be practiced at work, in the community, or in your own family.

Being True Encouragers

In the corporate scene, we often hear about firms and company CEOs making news headlines.  Oftentimes, the news cites something positive about the company or person at the helm of the firm. At times, media highlights the missteps of leaders.

We also read about establishments consistently being lauded for their people-oriented approach. A clear-cut illustration of a company that has long been hailed as a model organization in terms of cultivating a culture of service excellence and motivation is Southwest Airlines. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary C. Kelly recently tweeted,Southwest was named #8 on FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies in the World! Congrats to our People who made it all possible!”

The case of the airline company underscores that when people work in a positive or encouraging environment, they tend to be motivated to work better and to produce better results. By acknowledging the employee force’s contribution for being bestowed an honor, the leader was, in effect, thanking as well as motivating personnel to keep up the good work.

Tech Titan Owns Up To Mistakes

When it comes to corporate icons, there are self-made men whom many edify, not only for their tangible accomplishments but for owning up to their mistakes. A good example is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who recently owned up to his mistakes, which all boils down to the company not being able to keep up with its own fast growth. Leaders who come clean and reflect a more authentic side to themselves may truly be worth edifying.

In the public service realm, there are also government employees, officials, or even regular citizens advocating a cause who are edified for doing something that may benefit their fellowmen or country.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for instance, edified the men and women across Canada who came out to support women’s rights. “You keep your government inspired,” he tweeted.

Edifying Family Members

Right in your own home, if you edify family members — your spouse, your eldest daughter or son — you may transform the environment into a place people enjoy or thrive in. Author and strategic business coach Dani Johnson says that if you edify your children in front of their siblings, or your kids’ teachers in front of your kids (and so on), you are bound to see positive changes in them.

Edifying gives people the proper frame of mind. It can create a standard or yardstick that the person may want to live up to.

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