In moments of success and good fortune giving esteem seems to be natural. We’re used to acknowledging a successful action. It’s easy to praise positive moments.
But esteem is genuine when it’s also given in life’s difficult moments. When people fail in their activities a word of esteem can be incredibly encouraging.
Esteem encourages in both life situations: success and failure, but probably more in moments of failure.
Remember: A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.
Encouraging in the right moments is a talent and can be learned. Giving esteem in moments of need is an act of kindness – important for leaders and parents, but the same essential for just everybody.
Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others
- Authors: James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 21, 2003)
- Paperback, also available as Hardcover and ebook
- 224 pages
All too often, simple acts of human kindness are often overlooked and under utilized by people in leadership roles. Advising mutual respect and recognition of accomplishments, Encouraging the Heart shows us how true leaders encourage and motivate those they work with by helping them find their voice and making them feel like heroes. Recognized experts in the field of leadership, authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner show us that, through love, leaders can encourage, and indeed allow those around them to be their very best. Both practical and inspirational, Encouraging the Heart gives readers a thoughtful approach to motivating individuals within an organizational structure.
This is also a very easy to read book with clear and valuable recommendations. It is worthy of a learning group within your management team. Bring your managers together into circle and explore how to implement this principles. You will be glad you did.
It’s not a long book but it’s focus on some areas of leadership research that isn’t overly covered is quite useful. Highly recommended !
Encouraging the heart is a highly recommended book for all individuals in the work environment, especially leaders. Many people assume that money is the mainstay of motivation. But in truth, the desire to accomplish extraordinary things is linked to basic human need. We all want to be respected for who we are and recognized for the things we do.