During the middle of a VIP coaching session with a client, I had an experience that reinforced the immense value of genuine compliments. As we spent the day together, I couldn't help but notice her energy, prompting me to create a list of her strengths as we worked through many aspects of her business.
This VIP coaching day allowed me to delve deeper into her thoughts that I knew she felt, but were unspoken, and work together through obstacles she felt could be blocking her personal growth.
This particular client had recently assumed a new role in her career and was determined to excel while remaining true to herself and her team. Our planned VIP 1:1 day was off to a great start, but little did I anticipate the profound impact her appreciation for my sincere compliments would have on both of us.
With each genuine compliment I offered, she reciprocated with a profound sense of gratitude that made me feel truly special. It wasn't a mere embellishment or polite nicety; it was a heartfelt display of thankfulness. This reciprocal exchange left an unforgettable impression on me and made me realize how infrequently we encounter such authentic connections.
We often underestimate the power of a compliment, reducing it to a superficial gesture devoid of true meaning. How often have we dismissed kind words with self-deprecating remarks or downplayed our accomplishments? It's time to break this cycle and embrace the art of sincere appreciation.
When giving compliments, let them flow from the depths of your heart, acknowledging someone's strengths or achievements with genuine admiration. And when on the receiving end, graciously accept them as the gifts they truly are, allowing yourself to bask in the warmth of gratitude.
But it doesn't stop there. To become a leader who inspires from the heart, continue seeking out the strengths in others. Recognizing and celebrating their abilities not only uplifts their spirits but also fosters a culture of empowerment and growth. By doing so, you'll amplify your own leadership potential and create a ripple effect of positivity within your sphere of influence.
So, let’s begin to practice the habit of sincere compliments and embrace the power of genuine appreciation. Together, we can enjoy an environment where connections thrive, leadership flourishes, as we continue to grow and learn.
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