Not everyone is great at giving compliments. It is not that they
are not impressed by the actions, ideas, or leadership of
others, it is that some people are not wired in a way that
giving compliments is easy. This can be especially true of
those in the builder generation because of their upbringing.
Parents in their day did not see it necessary to build their
children’s self-esteem through direct compliments as
something as simple as a glance would suffice. Their
compliments were either indirect or subtle.

This complimentary style carried over into the baby boomer
generation, as was evidenced by one of my favorite
supervisors. He never gave me a direct compliment but he
always let me know he appreciated my efforts. Here is how he
did it:

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This is an excerpt from the book “Life’s Leadership Lessons
a collection of 53 anecdotal leadership lessons, each with
an anecdote and the application of the topic in your
everyday life. It is designed for use in weekly staff meetings
or for personal development.
©2007 Max Impact, Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
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Complimenting Others
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