Lead by example, not by showing samples. Do you agree with this saying?
Leaders, anywhere in the world, should be the real and true role model for their subordinates. That being said, their action and behaviour should be explicable in order to drive a successful team. This common wisdom, however, cannot 100 percent be applicable if leaders say “wrong phrases or use harsh language”.
According to Isaac Oates as cited in Business News Daily, words, language, or phrases are also important in creating and improving morale within a team. Through words we communicate our intentions, Oates said, they are also the main tools for sharing our vision with teams which is equally important to “leading by example”.
In addition, words are also impacting how employees see their self-worth in an organisation. Phrases like ‘great job or well done’, however, are vague and useless, commented Mark Murphy, a founder of Leadership IQ and an author. Phrases like ‘good job’ only have little pedagogical value. It also sounds like you don’t completely appreciate everything your team accomplished. So instead, Murphy said, leaders should reinforce specific positive phrases when warranted such as these alternative phrases.
A team is motivated and engaged more when their leaders give example and stay relevant to what they conveyed. Words you said also impact the way employees perceive the workplace culture and behaviour. Being as detailed and encouraging as possible is one way to successfully recognising your team’s hard work. Another way is by putting added comment and motivation through your words.
“Doling out meaningless praise is guaranteed to work against you. But if you offer specific positive reinforcement when warranted, you’ll keep your high performers inspired.” – Mark Murphy
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