Five Principles of Encouragement From a Seven Sentence Email

Dan – I hope you are doing great!  

I watched your video about five ideas to avoid complaining and really enjoyed it. Thank you!

Also – while I was watching the video my eight year old daughter joined me.  She asked if you were Dr. Seuss.

I had a suspicion that you’d appreciate hearing that :).

I’m looking forward to the *round tables coming up.

Thanks,

Colin

Five Principles of Encouragement:

#1. “I hope you are doing great.”

Leadership expands when others shine.

  1. You can’t lead and feel threatened when others do well.
  2. Cheer when others outshine you. 
  3. Every time you feel a need to step into the spotlight, shine it on someone else.

#2. “I watched your video about five ideas to avoid complaining and really enjoyed it.”

Let people know their work matters.

See the video (6:07).

#3. Say, “Thank you!”

#4. “Also – while I was watching the video my eight year old daughter joined me.  She asked if you were Dr. Seuss. I had a suspicion that you’d appreciate hearing that :).”

Pull back the curtain and let people catch a glimpse of you.

I feel like I’ve been invited to his home.

The leader who wrote this email works for an organization I’ve served for nearly three years. Because of this email, I know him a little better now.

Personal connection fuels energy.

We’ll smile and laugh when I see him later this month. (Smiles and laughter reflect positive energy.)

#5. I’m looking forward to the round tables coming up.

Leaders enjoy people.

Let people know you want to work with them. The problems and challenges leaders face pull them toward negativity.

Look for the good. The bad screams for attention.

What points of encouragement do you see in this leaders email?

What might leaders do to encourage others?

*Round table is the term they use for internal coaches meetings.