I am a fan of many different motivational and leadership authors and one of my favorites is John Maxwell. I was re-reading his book “Be A People Person” and was reminded of what a great responsibility that those who are in any type of management position have to the people they serve.
One of the chapters in this book is titled “You Can Be An Encourager.” Now, how hard would it be to become an encourager to those we work with? John Maxwell states, “The key to encouragement is in knowing what gives people, courage, what spurs them on to action.”
Often people take hidden pleasure when their coworkers make mistakes or fail to produce as they should. This type of attitude will only cause future hardship for the person who has it.
What would happen if we began to focus on our coworker’s strengths and look for the good things they do each day? Certainly, our attitude would become a more positive one, and not only that, but our coworkers would feel good about what they do. Our relationships would also be strengthened with our coworkers as we build positive bonds with them.
If you become an encourager at work over time others will begin to do the same, looking for the good in their coworkers. Encouraging attitudes are contagious and can change the environment of your workplace to a place where everyone looks forward to coming to each day. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
Take the “Encourager Challenge” and lift a coworker’s spirit today. I guarantee it will feel good if you do! (For both you and your coworker)
“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 Maxwell