11 August 2017
“I always try to believe the best of everybody — it saves so much trouble.”
– Rudyard Kipling
I often say that everything starts with a single thought. Of course, this is true and it’s a sentence that applies to every part of our lives. In particular in the way we treat people.
Fundamentally, what we think of someone directly affects the way that we treat them. For example, if you believe that someone is a great person who you like to be around, you are drawn to them. However, if you believe that you don’t enjoy spending time with that person, you will treat them differently. Which brings me to the quote at the top of the blog. Thinking the best of people doesn’t only save you a lot of trouble!
People rise to expectations
I always try to believe the best of everybody. Thinking this way almost guarantees that you treat people well. Part of being a great leader is motivating and supporting others, if you don’t believe the best of your team, that becomes an impossible task.
It’s also important to note that people wither under criticism and thrive under praise. It’s that simple. There are always ways to give feedback without being negative or making them feel criticised. And that doesn’t necessarily mean in that cliché ‘sandwich’ criticism between compliments format that the corporate world is so accustomed to.
I think it’s safe to say that people rise to the expectations that you set for them. If you believe the best in them and set high standards and expectations, nine times out of ten you see results and people will rise to the challenge.