By Nageen (Nyn) Riffat – Business & Leadership Consultant, Coach & Author

Compliment people. Sometimes you will say something really small and simple, but it will fit right into an empty space in someone’s heart and the is the most easiest way to motivate each other, supporting and optimizing the accomplishment.

So many of us have limitations in our perceptions. We understand the soldiers but not the politics governing the wars. We understand the people who go to the movies but not the ones who attend rodeos. But somehow, the leader with high EQ gets all of us.

The ability to compliment others is one of the most dynamic byproducts of social awareness.

Social awareness helps you to see the good in others. Every human has a natural craving for being appreciated and when you are generous in complimenting others, you build trust in the process. Research shows that leaders who give recognition experience a 22% increase in work results.

The practice of complimenting our peers, team or even our boss stops us from judging those who aren’t moving at our pace

When we take time to pause — to truly witness, listen and compliment others instead of bypassing or judging too quickly — we can learn so much… about ourselves, about each other, and about real growth.

One of my clients once said, “But if I compliment my peers or team, it would make me look fake or weak.”  My answer to her and advice to all of you is that complimenting others doesn’t mean you’re fake. It means you’re mature enough to see the good in others, courageous enough to accept what is best in others and channel all of it effectively. 

When you practice giving appreciation and recognition at workplace, it supports others to clearly understand about what great work looks like to you, they’re likely to produce more of it for you and with you. In fact, they’ll likely even try to do it better than the last time.

According to Paul J. Zak, professor at Claremont Graduate University, “The neuroscience shows that recognition has the largest effect on trust when it occurs immediately after a goal has been met, when it comes from peers, and when it’s tangible, unexpected, personal and public.”

Once appreciation takes hold things may never be the same on your team. Try making appreciation a daily habit.

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