When enjoying leaving drinks from my job recently, it was nice to hear the positive difference I’d made to people and how they felt. I offered that perhaps a key reason was how I aim to give ‘unconditional positive regard’. I’m not sure they’re the right words, but they’re the fewest I can boil the sentiment down to.
I like the Goethe quote: “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”
Encourage people to reach for better versions of themselves.
My dear friends do this for me, and it’s great to do it for others – I feel it’s the hallmark of a leadership position. It’s not always easy and by no means always successful. It’s still absolutely worth the effort.
People get better for it. Cultures improve.
Kindly, keep going.