7 Ways to Win with People

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You can be the smartest person in the room but if you can’t connect and empower others you’ll fail as a leader. Shout Praise, Whisper Criticism — This phrase comes from the original Olympic Dream Team and Detroit Pistons coaches Chuck Daily and Brendan Suhr. They gained the trust of their players and built winning teams by praising in public and constructively criticizing in private. Shouting praise means you recognize someone in front of their peers and whispering criticism means you coach them to get better.

Both build better people and teams. If they are breathing.We all need encouragement and positive leaders encourage and inspire others to do more and become more than they ever thought possible. Great leaders are often great encouragers. Spread Positive Gossip — Instead of sharing negative gossip, be the kind of leader who spreads positive news about people. 

They always spread the positive news and the best part is that you know when you are not around they are likely sharing something positive, not negative about you.Don’t Complain — When you complain you lose power, effectiveness and credibility as a leader. Sometimes You Have to Listen More and Talk Less — Positive leaders don’t just talk. Positive leaders make others feel important by listening to them and truly hearing what they have to say.

Welcome Feedback — Positive leaders also listen to and welcome ideas and suggestions on how they can improve. » They don’t fear criticism. » Positive leaders say «I’m open. »

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Source: Jon Gordon | LinkedIn

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