The Incredible Power Of A Compliment

“Everybody loves to be told they are pretty.”  A friend once told me that when I asked him why he kept playing golf with a competitive company. 

Here is what he knew, there is incredible power in a compliment.  In a positive sense, it can make people accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible.  In a negative sense, it can make people do destructive things such as leaving their families for lesser alternatives and damaging future generations.

I got some very nice compliments a person I respect today.  Here is are some truths about compliments that I was reminded of:

  1. Compliments validate your efforts.
  2. Compliments mean more coming from some people than others, especially those who are selective with praise.
  3. Compliments should be specific.
  4. Compliments should never come rarely.
  5. Compliments are a sign of generosity.
  6. Compliments are motivating and can sustain high performance.
  7. Compliments make me temporarily forget any pain and frustration I’m feeling.
  8. Compliments should never be used as manipulation.
  9. Compliments are extremely well received when given publicly.
  10. Compliments are desperately needed.

Husbands, a word of warning for you.  If you don’t compliment your wife, someone else with less than pure motives will.  Remember, everyone wants to be told they are pretty.

Leaders, have you given your team members the gift of a compliment lately? 

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About Brian Dodd on Leadership

I am a church stewardship and leadership consultant for INJOY Stewardship Solutions. This blog combines my personal passions of church, sports, pop culture and family into a single leadership resource. I trust your time on this site will create conversations and add value to your life.

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  9. “Compliments are a sign of generosity.” Never thought of it that way but that is a good word!

    • Mark,

      It is great to hear from you. It has always been my experience that if a person is not generous with praise, they will not be generous in general.

      If a person has a clenched fist and holds things tight and in a selfish manner, I’m afraid they are that way with praise.

      Keep doing all that you are at You are changing lives!

      Your friend,

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  11. I applaud this post and will share it with my online connections — hope all will take it to heart. If more people, personally and professionally, took time to give compliments we would live in a much more harmonious world.

    In workplaces, many leaders are afraid to give individual compliments fearing it will undermine teamwork. They live with the old “there is no I in team” theory. Yet teams are filled with the talent of “I’s” and individual compliments build greater commitment.

    Here is a post expanding your idea on the value of compliments:
    Complimenting Individual Strengths Does Not Hurt Teamwork

    Many thanks for your wonderful post.
    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach

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