Leadership & Training

JS Tip 124: From the Leadership Workshops: Encouraging Others

We too often forget the importance of an encouraging comment.

In Winston Churchill’s last years, his daughter Mary asked if he had any regrets.

He paused. He answered slowly and movingly: “I wish my father had lived long enough to see that I was of some worth.”

Of some worth.

The scars were still there.

Despite national leadership, a knighthood, and a Nobel Prize, Churchill’s life was dominated by the memory of his remote father, Lord Randolph Churchill. The father predicted the worst for his schoolboy son and died before his son reached greatness.

Take a minute.

Look around.

“Wendy, I appreciate your help with the Anderson Project. You were one of reasons for its success. You did a great job. Thank you.”

Be sincere.

Be specific.

Be timely.

Be brief.

Encourage others.

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Next week: Lay versus lie (a tough one).