“I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” 

– Charles Schwab 

Charles Schwab’s quote should resonate with everyone reading this post. Anyone who has either been on the front end of providing or receiving end of appreciation and encouragement gets it. Or are you not supplying or receiving praise and encouragement? 

Yeah, that Charles Schwab, if you are wondering.

Nothing is better than hearing an encouraging word from a superior, a coach, or a peer. A compliment. A little praise. A pat on the back with the words great job will go a long way with the person receiving it. This appreciation and encouragement will lead to increased energy and enthusiasm. And without those two ingredients – energy and enthusiasm, do not expect greatness. 

Be positive, not negative. Give praise rather than criticize. Encourage instead of discouraging. These are tickets. Tickets to where? A place with better performances from a now-happy worker, player, or close friend. 

Leaders, this is easy to do and takes minimal effort – some emotional intelligence. And for all those so-called leaders, here is a suggestion. Try applauding, commending, and complimenting your people, even when they are struggling. Let them know you have their backs and appreciate the effort they are giving. And this is not a one-time thing. It is an all-the-time thing. Be consistent with your praise and encouragement. Be enthusiastic and have energy and then sit back and watch the results.

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