10 Quick Ideas to Encourage Your People

You know those on your team could use a little “pick-me-up”, but you already have a full plate of things to do, decisions to be made and the host of emails in that inbox. Everything has changed and there really isn’t a way to get ahead of it. We are all simply wading through it together and doing the best that we can.

That’s why, even now, leaders need to take 10 minutes in our day to think of a creative way to authentically encourage our people and run with it. It’s an investment that will pay dividends beyond what you can imagine. Below are 10 ideas to get you started:

  1. Share with someone how they contributed to your success and thank them for doing so.
  2. Tell your manager something they did to support you
  3. Highlight what someone did to make your job easier and look for ways to reciprocate
  4. Write it down >> send your encouragement in a note
  5. Offer positive feedback on the difference someone has made as you are  working together
  6. Share a treat with someone along with an encouraging note
  7. Send a thank you to someone and copy their manager
  8. Write down 10 things you appreciate about someone >> send them one from this list each day
  9. Give a “shout out” to one or two team members at each virtual meeting
  10. Catch them in the act of doing something good and praise them for their efforts

A big thank you to my friend, Jeannette Grace, and her book the G-Factor: 8 Secrets to Increasing Your Gravitational Pull at Work for contributing these amazing ideas. This is powerful! If you are a leader in ministry it is an essential part of our faith!

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Hebrews 3:13

This challenge by the author of Hebrews emphasizes that encouragement is not simply a compliment that makes us feel good. It is the very thing that keeps our hearts from going astray like the children of Israel in the wilderness. So, encourage one another TODAY.

Get Started

  1. Pick an idea you will try today. 
  2. Comment below to add in more creative ideas for encouraging others
  3. Do it again tomorrow and keep the string going!
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Annie Perdue Olson

Annie is founder of Leading Better Together, guiding leaders through the relationship and people challenges that sidetrack ministry. With 20+ years of experience in nonprofit management and pastoral ministry she equips people and teams to work better together. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources and Change Leadership from St. Thomas University and received her coaching certification from the Center for Coaching Excellence.

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