12 Sentence Starters that Inspire Courage

Any bully can kick someone in the pants. It takes real leadership to inspire. If you encouraged a team member once a week, you’d do it about 50 times a year. (Allowing for 2 weeks vacation.) 

Courage takes teams further than timidity. To encourage is to inspire courage.

Negative energy is like running with rocks in your pockets.

“The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.” Charles Schwab

12 sentence starters that inspire courage:

Successful leaders make hard work worthwhile.

  1. I appreciate …
  2. I notice …
  3. You’re great at …
  4. Thank you for … (Be specific.)
  5. I’m impressed with …
  6. You help us get where we want to go when you …
  7. You’re making progress on …
  8. You encourage others when …
  9. Great effort when you …
  10. Congratulations on …
  11. You’re making a difference for …
  12. I’m encouraged when you …

Skillful leaders use encouraging language everyday.

7 sentences that inspire courage:

  1. Let’s give it a try.
  2. What’s the next imperfect step you could take?
  3. What would you like to try?
  4. What are you learning?
  5. If you weren’t nervous, what would you do next?
  6. I’ve seen you rise to challenges in the past.
  7. You’re on the right track.

Give yourself permission to encourage imperfect people. Don’t use someone’s weakness in one area as an excuse to withhold encouragement in another.

Lifting-up takes leaders further than beating-down.

What sentence starters do you find most useful?

How might leaders encourage team members?