How great leaders bring the best in others?

By January 13, 2014All


As a leader, you play a critical role in your organization’s success. In large part through your positive influence with the people you lead. But what does positive influence really mean and how is it really measured?

I think the best leaders are the ones that bring the best in others. They inspire, they encourage and they take people to the next level.

Inspiring leadership is about believing and assuming good intentions about people.

It doesn’t mean we are not holding people accountable, but we find ways to deliver and communicate constructive feedback in an inspiring way.

In this article, we will explore three ways to inspire and motivate the people you lead to bring the best in them.

Shine a light on what is going right formal-employee-recognition-culture

Great leaders look at what is going right first. Leaders do not ignore poor performance, but they focus on the positive things people have to offer to the world. I have seen many managers throughout the years who really tend to focus on what is not going well for their team. They approach this attitude because they come from a “fixing” mentality.

But we need to remember that “fixing’ is something we do with machines but not with people.

We need to inspire people for change not “fix” people for change.

When leaders focus on people’s strengths or positive attributes, the more engagement there is.

Give positive encouragement for improvement

We sometimes underestimate the progress principle into our leadership role. Great leadership happens not when things are always going

This is an inspiring opportunity for many leaders to reach out to the person by encouraging and reinforce improvement.

Look for opportunities to reinforce your people’s efforts along the way. By focusing on their efforts, you are willing to believe in their potential.

Create a positive and supportive culture

Employee’s surveys keep showing that people perform better for leaders who care about them.

Great leaders care by making positive connections and build meaningful relationships. At the end of the day, we are here to build relationships with people.

When meaningful relationships exist, the more motivating the culture is. We have the trust and the support throughout when relationships are a priority in any organizations.

As leaders, we need to be a resource of support and provide opportunities for learning and growth. The best leaders provide coaching and mentoring to help people stay motivated and interested in their jobs.

Lastly, help people make connections with other people in the organization. Their support for each other and the information they exchange will help people give their very best.

 As a leader, How do you bring the best in others?

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  • Thank you for this important and positive message. I love the Maya Angelou quote!

  • Tal,
    Great article. I think it is really important to create a positive and supportive culture within your organization. Your organization needs to be a safe haven where everyone can be a team. Each team member needs to have support from others when things go well and not so well, so that the team can grow and thrive.

    There is nothing worse that being part of a team where you always have to watch your back so the person behind you doesn’t undercut you.

  • Great reminders Tal about how we can positively inspire our teams! For me, I empower my people to do the job that they were hired for. I praise them highly for their wins and I am there for them through the challenges to help them get back to where they want and need to be!

  • Justine Dorvil says:

    I think to bring the best in others you must have communication skills, and you have to be a role model.