Believing the best in people

June 10, 2013 — 1 Comment

It is essential to have an attitude of believing the best in others.

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The self-fulfilling prophecy refers to the idea that when someone creates a belief in something that is not yet true, and expects it with certainty, it will become true.  With people, this suggests that as we communicate our expectations, they will conform and deliver the appropriate results.

When working with people, this is critical.  When you express a lack of confidence in someone, it is returned with mediocrity, however if you believe in them and expect them to do well, research has shown that they will live up to that expectation.

What we expect, all too often, is exactly what we get.

Here are the four key principles of the self-fulfilling prophecy:

  1. We form certain expectations, or beliefs, of people or events based on our own perceptions and experiences.
  2. We communicate those expectations through our behaviors.
  3. People generally respond by adjusting their behavior to match.
  4. The result is that the original expectation becomes reality.

Based on these principles, we can conclude that the expectations leaders place on their team determines the quality of the teams’ output. A study of 100 self-made millionaires has shown that the most common characteristic in the group was the desire and ability to see the good in others. They were people builders, not critics. They empowered and supported their team to be their very best through positive means. 

Believing the best in people is a critical piece of building successful viable relationships.


 

Robin Lewis

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I buy into and have been a student of leadership for over 30 years. I am the president and Principal Agent of Robin Lewis Insurance, a full service Independent Insurance Agency. I'm also a member of the John Maxwell Team My passion is for life-long personal growth and to help others to do the same. Your comments are encouraged and welcomed here anytime!

One response to Believing the best in people

  1. I want to thank Mr.Lewis and His staff for helping uplifting with the hope of success. You planted seeds in me that. Will grow forever. Thk u.

    Sincerly. ANGEL

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