• Specific- Focusing on the actions, tasks, or behavior that you want to reinforce (or recognize).
• Sincere- Positive interactions must be genuine, authentic, and heartfelt.
• Timely- Given in close proximity to when the action or behavior was shown.
One key aspect to remember is that a positive interaction can be planed or done in the spur of the moment. When you initiate positive interactions with team members (or those around you) it has the potential to greatly impact them. Below are 2 valuable benefits that come from positive interactions:
1. It breeds motivation-
Positive interactions between the influencer and the follower, has the power to bring inspiration and motivation to the person. It can motivate a person to strive for higher levels of performance, make progress on their (personal or professional) goals, and bring the inspiration to persevere until the completion of a big project.
When I was living in Portland Oregon, I worked as a Case Manager for adolescents who were in drug & alcohol rehab. It was a demanding and stressful position. However, one of the main reasons why I stayed in this position was greatly due to the positive interactions from my manager. Her kind and positive words motivated me to endure through the challenges of that position. Be a leader who breeds motivation through your words and actions.
2. It creates energy-
A positive work environment creates energy while a hostile work environment deflates energy. It’s crucial that leaders create a culture where their people know they will be encouraged, affirmed, rewarded, and appropriately disciplined. A leader who does this will soon start to see an increase of energy and engagement from team members. Remember that your positive interactions touch the heart and emotions of the person which will result in a positive outcome. Be a leader who creates energy though your positive interactions.
Question: Can you add to the list? What are some other benefits that result from positive interactions?