Four Proven Ways to Add Value to People

How to add value to others

Four Proven Ways to Add Value to People

There is one thing you can do that will increase your effectiveness and leadership capacity. It’s something everyone can and should consistently do. The one thing is to add value to other people. Adding value simply means you are intentional about serving and using your authority in a positive way. I’ve found people won’t respect or value your leadership unless they know you care and value them. There are practical and proven ways to show value to others. Here are 4 of those ways:

1. Lift people up with your words

You should speak kind, encouraging, and uplifting words to those you talk with. Most people struggle to some extent with low self-esteem. Your words have the power or raise a person to an entirely new level of confidence, self-worth, and can help them see how great they are. The key is to use specific and timely words.

Make it a goal in every conversation to complement, encourage, and speak positivity. It might be complementing the person’s attire, pointing out and praising their areas of strengths or what they excel at doing, or speaking an encouraging word to them. When you see someone doing superb work or putting in the extra effort take the time to thank them and show you appreciate them.

2. Support people by offering to help them

Being present and on the front lines shows people you are willing to support them if needed. I work in a 24 hour a day facility that provides care for children in protective services. Often the children we serve have behavior issues and act out aggressively with staff and other children.

I have a simple philosophy that really helps me to add value to staff members. When the children are calm and there are no major issues or crisis happening I’m not as present. The staff are competent and can handle those times or miniature issues that might arise. But, when there is a child on a crisis, being assaultive or aggressive with staff, I’m present and ready to step in to help (here is how I lead through a crisis). Staff appreciate a leader who is present and ready to assist.

You can do the same at your place of employment. Make sure you are present and let those you lead know you are there to support them if needed, especially during times of demand. Ask your coworker or boss if you can help them complete a project or task. Simply say, “Do you need me to help out with anything or can I take someone off your plate?”  These simple things really do add value to other people.

3. Bring people gifts

Gifts are a great way to add value to others. It shows people you care and appreciate them. You should take time to learn about the things the receiver enjoys or likes doing. It might be their favorite foods or drinks, hobbies or recreational activities they participate in, or something on their bucket or dreams list. After you have learned about what they like or enjoy you can purchase a gift accordingly. Know the time you took to learn about the person and buying a gift that matters to them is more important than how much it costs. A small and meaningful gift shows the person you value them and their work.

4. Encourage other people’s professional growth

You can add value to people by investing in their professional growth and development. You should inspire and encourage the people you lead and those around you to grow in the skills that will most help them be successful in their position. Professional growth can help a person perform better at work and allows them to be in a position to promote into higher positions of authority.  I value the supervisors who have taken a personal interest in my professional growth; they are a significant reason why I’ve been able to be successful in my position.

There are practical ways you can encouraging professional growth. Consider regularly sharing with your people the things you are learning about, taking time for coaching sessions, provide timely constructive criticism that promotes growth, and give them relevant resources. These things can help the people around you move toward their potential.

Question: How do you add value to your people?

Subscribe to Dan Black on Leadership to receive fresh leadership content delivered to you inbox (2-3 times a week). PLUS two free quote books. All you need to do is to enter your email in the box below then push “Subscribe”:

 

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Good ideas Dan. I try to do all of these. I am pretty laid back as a leader (see my post on Types) and you will see that. The youth pastor had a job at a credit union but a heart for God when we hired him full-time and I can see his future wrapped up in Kingdom work. I have already told him that my library is his if I die while here (morbid I know but necessary). I also am constantly buying him books to read and discuss with me. I also try hard to boost my secretary with words and an occasional gift card or energy bar. Small but they mean a lot to her.

    • Hi Bill,

      Thank you:) You are truly a great leader who impacts other leaders. Keep doing Kingdom work my friend. The small gifts always seem to mean the most.

  • DS

    One way is to tell people immediately when they do a good job which fits with your #1. I’d also say that more than just touch points on how you’re growing as a leader, but also giving people the opportunity to grow through various activities.

    • Great point! We need to have our eyes open to what our staff are doing well than letting them know they are doing good. Thank you for sharing!

  • All it takes is a little acknowledgment, Dan, of a job well done for someone to appreciate you taking notice of them. We can add value all around us, all day and to everyone with these simple tips you’ve suggested.

    • Hi Vishnu,

      I totally agree. A simple great job or well done with ___ can really make a huge difference. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.