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Leadership Lesson: Celebrate success of other people

leadership lesson: celebrate others success

To celebrate the success of an employee or team member is an easy way for leaders to boost employee morale and retention without adding a line item to the budget. According to Gallup, it can be even more impactful than a bonus, promotion, or paid company benefit.

There is no lifetime cap on winning.

My small town, hometown State Farm ® agent, Stuart, taught me one of the most important leadership lessons: celebrate other people’s success.

Those with an abundance mindset believe there is enough of everything for everyone. Giving someone else praise, celebrating someone else’s win, does not take anything away from you. It actually adds value to your life to have a positive outlook on others’ lives. I believe it adds value to others’ lives for them to feel celebrated.

When you act with abundance in mind, you will eventually receive abundance yourself.

Paul Upton, Founder, Leaderup

Growing up, if my picture was in the local paper for being the Student of the Month, he mailed my parents a clipping and a handwritten congratulatory note.

When you celebrate other people, you approach life from an abundance mindset. Stephen M. R. Covey is credited with coining the term ‘Abundance Mentality’ in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. It means living life with the belief that “if I succeed, and you succeed, we all succeed.” 

Here are 3 practical ways you can make help maintain an abundance mindset and celebrate others’ success:

1. Keep an eye out for success to celebrate

Many local papers have a “People on the Move” section. This is a great place to learn about who is getting promoted. The back of your alumni magazine has a “Class Notes” section where classmates share their successes. LinkedIn notifications also can update you on promotions. The next time you see a friend, acquaintance or former colleague mentioned, send them a congratulatory email.

2. Celebrate coworkers success

Companies often send emails when individuals are internally promoted. Next time you get an email, take a moment to send the recognized individual a note (handwritten is the gold standard). Using specific examples, tell them why you feel that they deserved this promotion. Be genuine. I promise it will mean a lot.

3. Follow up in conversations

Ask that third question. The one after “How are you doing?” and “What have you guys been up to lately?”
Show genuine interest in their work wins or new projects. So few people actually take the time to dig deeper with their friends.

Stuart, my local insurance agent never missed a highlight. And if you saw him out in the community, he’d always stop you to check in. “Hey there, Sarah. I saw that you won your cross country meet last weekend. It’s always a good week when you can beat Pike County”

He showed genuine interest in everyone around him. He taught me from a young age that there is enough success to go around.

*This is not a sponsored piece. I have no relation with State Farm.


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