Lucy from the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz once told poor Charlie Brown, You, Charlie Brown, are a foul ball in the line drive of life! You’re in the shadow of your own goal posts! You are a miscue! You are three putts on the eighteenth green! You are a seven-ten split in the tenth frame! You are a dropped rod and reel in the lake of life! You are a missed free throw, a shanked nine iron, and a called third trike! Do you understand? Have I made myself clear?”

Charlie’s response, “All I know is that happiness is a warm puppy.”

Lucy, that’s hardly a way to positively impact the life of another person!

  • The road to building positive relationships lies in exactly the opposite direction.
  • The best way to show friends, loved ones, and co-workers you have faith in them is to focus attention on their strengths.
Here’s why a lot of leaders do not show encouragement in others:
  1. Insecurity in themselves.
  2. They’ve had poor models of leadership.
  3. They are fear-driven.
  4. They have not defined true North leadership– their center, core values, and true contribution to leadership.
  5. They are self-centered, self-absorbed, and self-critical.
  6. They do not want others to rise above them.
Remember, when you put faith in others, you become an important relationship in their life– a gift of encouragement!

Here’s to building leaders with encouragement!–Steve

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.