How to motivate others by showing an interest in them
Let’s face it the best leaders are servers. They are more concerned with what they can do for others than what others can do for them. The greatest leader, Jesus, was also the greatest servant. It’s a lesson for all of us. People are motivated to follow leaders who show a real interest in them. How can you show that interest? With intentional appreciation!
Express it out loud.
Servant leaders don’t assume their associates know they are valued. They tell them. Mother Teresa said, “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.” Some of your most loyal associates may be waiting to hear those all-important, three little words: “I appreciate you.”
Write it down.
Electronic transmissions can be used effectively to communicate your appreciation to associates. But what if they received a handwritten note? Which do you think would make a greater impact? You guessed it!
Give it in a tangible form.
You don’t have to give all-expenses-paid trip to Cancun to let someone know you appreciate them. Sometimes it only takes a wooden plaque. Don’t worry so much about the inscription; a few sincere words and the plaque itself says, “You are valued.”
Let others know about it.
You’re not just the chairperson, you’re the cheerleader. It’s your job to encourage the players “on the field” by leading the applause “in the stands.” Appreciation will never remain a secret. It’s the best water cooler conversation of all!
It’s not just the thought that counts. Put some words with it.
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