Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Uplifting Leadership by Praising

It’s not about praising people for the sake of praising people. Appreciation of cognitive differences and thanks for people’s contribution.

Leadership is both art and science. One of the ways we build people up is to praise them - leading by praising. There is power in praising people! Something begins to happen in them, in you, and in your relationship when you praise someone, for encouragement and engagement. If criticism is stick, praise is carrot, you need to balance them well to improve leadership effectively.

Looking for and praising positive character traits and action of others around you
: Praise and appreciation are sincere. Don't lie to people. If they have done something wrong, correct it, but when they do something right, Praise It. Your leadership and influence grows when you praise someone. Who is going to have greater leadership and influence capacity in the lives of their followers: the one who tears down or the one who builds up?

However, in a world that has become far less trusting, even praise and appreciation may not be viewed without suspicion. Genuine leaders who neither try to lead by flattery nor even praise, would try to lead through principles, vision or accomplishment etc. Put self as an example for others. If the team member has done something praise worthy, certainly needs to be appreciated, but that is not the principle characteristic of a leader to hold in front.

Praise can be genuine and part of appreciation for a job well done
: What one cannot do another can. Sharing a heavy burden gives one confidence “I'm not alone.” If all the good things are meant for so-called Knowledgeable. Remember a time when someone told you something about yourself in a praising manner? It was great, wasn't it? You probably liked that person more after they praised you, didn't you? Our differences make us strong. Embracing the diversity in one another brings the full circle of the connectedness, interdependence of life; uniqueness of an asset rather than hindrance.

If something that somebody does is praiseworthy, it should be praised. At the same time, confident and worthy people are never unduly swayed by praise. They are led by transparency and truth. Flattery is insincere praise, usually meant to massage a brittle ego, or sometimes even with an intent of subtle leg pulling. We all know this fable: The crow, caught up in the flattering remarks being given by the fox, opens up its mouth and lets out a squawk, causing the cheese to fall from its mouth down to the ground where it’s snatched up by the fox. As the fox walks off with the cheese, he tells the crow “Do not trust flatterers.”

Appreciation is an essential driver of meaning and progress for many people. And, it functions as a driver for both the giver as well as the receiver of the expressed appreciation. What do we mean by appreciation? The recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. Gratitude for something. Appreciation has a creative aspect to it in that value is perceived through being created by the perceptive observer. Appreciation also reinforces relationships. When someone is grateful for someone else, it uplifts the other’s spirit and encourages that person to move forward or to persevere in difficult times. This support, given generously by someone, without underlying motives inevitably deepens the relationship.

The pervasive digital means change is the norm and happens the whole time thereby delivering faster and increasing market share. Praise and appreciation touch all things. And it’s from our heart flow into our mind, we can come together in an effective way bringing about change we want to see in the world because we live it in our lives.


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