Showing a genuine appreciation of others – and making the effort to share that appreciation out loud – will do more than make that person’s day. It could also make your day, giving a boost to your career.
Passing on positive information about someone else empowers three people: the person you’re talking to, the person you’re talking about, and you.
Say you’re telling a friend that a particular colleague has first-class expertise in a particular subject area. That person then knows where to turn in future for that type of information. You’ve helped them, shed positive light on your co-worker’s abilities, and made yourself valuable in the process.
Here’s what praising others shows about you:
- You’re a good networker; you’re happy to share that information rather than keeping it to yourself
- You’re detail-oriented because you notice qualities in others
- You are positive – and who doesn’t want positive energy around?
- You’re a good employee who wants what’s best for the organization, even if it means shining a positive light on someone else rather than yourself
- You value expertise
- You are happy to share your opinions, therefore also giving others an opportunity to share their opinions with you
- You’re a good communicator
- You know people, and your network includes quality workers
- You have a certain amount of trust in the person you’re sharing this information with, and you care about them enough to share that useful information
Plus, you’re networking at the same time. If you pass on this praise in the right place at the right time, then you could be doing some pretty big favors. And that’s what good networking is all about, connecting people who need each other.
All this reward from one seemingly insignificant comment!
And there’s more.
If you praise others from time to time, you probably have a habit of looking for the positives in people. You may be less likely to complain about others and prefer to see the good before seeing the bad. This means that when you do see something bad, you’ve already given that person several chances, and you may even offer a more balanced and objective view.
Plus, if you praise others when it is merited and at the right time, others will be more likely to will praise you.
Let’s not get carried away though. If you just go around saying nice things about everybody all the time, it’s probably not genuine, and you will soon be ignored. The individual you’re complimenting has to merit the praise for this to work in your favor.
If you are genuinely someone who looks for the good in others and offers praise where praise is due, people will want to be around you. They’ll want to benefit from your optimism. With co-workers, that probably means the quality of the work you will get from them will be high, since they chose to work with you in the first place, and all that praise makes them feel appreciated.
Are you convinced? Who will you praise today?