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Esteem always encourages

Encouraging the heart Kouzes Posner

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.

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Esteem for the youth

Young people are an important part of our society and should be given the opportunity to take on responsibility.  In order to be able to take responsibility for their actions young people need to get esteem.

We can give esteem ourselves toward young people by encouraging them to do good and by being an esteemful example.

Another way to give esteem toward youth can be found in the Global Youth Leadership Institute.  Their mission is to inspire socially responsible young people to develop their leadership abilities for communities through empathy and service for others.  Dynamic programs are offered for students and teachers on the topics of global pluralism and diversity, native American traditions, environmental awareness, school community partnerships, and the inner calls of teaching and learning.

One of their events takes place in New Mexico from July 15-20, 2009.  Students entering 11th grade can learn to develop a personal leadership vision through the guidance of a native elder.  A primary goal is discovering the self-sufficiency of a life close to nature.

Events like these give young people the feeling of being precious – an important impact esteem can create.  As a response these young persons will be able to give esteem toward the people they meet throughout their life.


Narcissistic people as leaders?

A study from the Ohio State University found that people with narcissistic attitudes tend to assume leaderships roles and are often chosen by others.

Narcissistic people  are by definition self-centered and overconfident in their own abilities.
Having a healthy high self-esteem can also mean being strongly self-confident in one’s own abilities.  Persons with a high self-esteem tend to be harmonically balanced in their mental center.

There is one important difference between being narcissistic and having a high self-esteem.  Persons with a high self-esteem don’t exaggerate their self-confidence nor are they self-centered.  The most important difference is the lack of empathy by the narcissistic people.

Persons with a high self-esteem take care of others by giving esteem.  In reality these persons are natural leaders if they have the talent of leading.

True leadership is characterized by empathy, a leading talent and self-esteem.

Esteem and leadership

Leadership isn’t only a business theme.  We can lead others also in our private life, such as our children, our partner and even ourselves.

Esteem makes leadership precious and respectful.  There are two important points to consider with regard to esteem-full leadership.

First, the moment tells us when we’ll fulfill leadership.  This means we don’t have to be always a leader, there are moments in our life when we are led by others.

Second, other people tell us how they want to be led.  This means our leadership requires empathy, a feeling about others.

A genuine leadership filled with esteem expresses care and interest for the led persons.  Real leading means letting others develop themselves in their rhythm, time and space.

Leadership includes esteem

Some employers complain about their high staff turnover.  It makes us think about the role of esteem in companies and how important esteem is for a successful leadership.

One of the best moments of lived esteem is to show employees that they are important for the company.  By doing this employers give their work and themselves a high value, a sense.

In my post about esteem and happiness you’ll find an example of how a boss can estimate the work of his employees.

Leadership doesn’t mean to be exaggerated in its praise of an employee.  A serious compliment is only given for a reason and also felt by the recipient as honest.  There is no doubt that esteemed employees give their best effort for successful work.

I’m happy that there are more and more thoughts about leadership which involves esteem.