An inspiring and motivating quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe…
“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”
Encouragement has always been a motivational tool. Anyone can correct an error, but a true leader can use words of encouragement to make others better. During the summer, our team enjoyed getting outside as much as our schedules would permit. This allowed many opportunities that a traditional office job would not allow. If you would like a similar quote, check out this motivational quote by Theodore Roosevelt, here.
As a manager it is important to know when to use outside curricular activities as encouragement to take place, and when to gather everyone for busy work. There are many benefits in conducting team building exercises. Two areas of concentration we focused on were trust, and encouragement.
If you cannot trust your colleagues, it can really harm production in the work environment. A manager needs to know he or she can trust the team to stay on task, and encourage them to get their work done in a timely manner. Yes, it is always fun to get outside for team building exercises, however it is done for a reason. It allows us to get to know one another and develop a trusting and professional relationship. Getting out in nature for an hour and talking without the stress of work can really allow team members to open up to one another.
When it is time to return to the office, encouragement goes a long way. Sometimes it is tough to focus when coming inside after being out on a beautiful day, which is why a good leader also knows how to get all out of his or her team. A person that can encourage others is simply inspiring. Any person can yell at an employee, but to encourage is special. Correcting someone is helpful, but encouraging someone is beneficial.
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