To honor means “to regard with great respect”. I love this word and I love it even more when I see people honoring another. We honor various people in our culture: those older, those in certain positions. But what if we honored every person we meet today, not because of how old they are or what position they have, but because we see the value that they are for simply being a child of God.
Maxwell focuses on honoring those with whom you work. Give it a try today and let me know how people respond to being honored.
Leaders Honor Their Teams: Put 10s on Their Foreheads
Solomon spoke delightful words that honored and lifted up his bride. Many scholars believe this song is actually a metaphor for Christ’s love for His people. The song also gives leaders a beautiful picture about how to communicate honor from the heart. How can we best communicate compliments to those we lead?
Make them sincere. Be genuine and authentic about what you say.
Make them specific. Get very pointed and detailed about what you say.
Make them public. Declare these honoring words in front of others.
Make them personal. Be personal about what you say.
Whenever I see my staff, I put an imaginary “10” on the forehead of each individual. This helps me treat each person like a 10, a high performer who makes a difference to me and the organization. Inevitably, they respond as if they are a 10!
If you don’t already do this, why not start today? Put “10s” on the people you lead. Treat them based on their potential, not their performance. You’ll be amazed how both will rise.