Everybody wants to be a leader – and in times of social media you can be a leader no matter what.

Who wouldn’t want to consider himself a leader? Given the choice between being a leader and a follower, we certainly would choose to be a leader.

The problem is only that we too seldom don’t behave as real leader. A leader who leads ethically and trustworthy.

As a leader, we have the opportunity to inspire leadership of all kinds in our team. And if everybody wants to feel like a leader, we surely can find a way to make that happen and support people here. Making people feel good is certainly possible.

People love praise. And you can never praise people too much. Praise is something powerful, contagious and totally inspirational. People who receive praise feel honored and special.

Criticism has exact the opposite effect. People feel humiliated and hurt. And criticizing people in public is especially bad, as it makes people feel embarrassed.

Criticism in general is not always bad. The reality is that sometimes people need constructive criticism, to improve their behavior and attitude. However, how we deliver feedback can decide how people react and feel afterwards. When bad feelings arise afterwards, then we have done ourselves a disservice.


One unkind word can destroy trust in a second! Click To Tweet

Don’t let one unkind word destroy years of praise! Click To Tweet

Never give out criticism in front of other people. It leads to shame for the person receiving it.

When you do have to deliver criticism, do it privately. Use the “sandwich technique”: praise, criticism, and then more deep praise.

Practice praising people regularly. It makes you and others happy. Click To Tweet

Praise, praise, praise, and praise some more.

–Dave Kerpen

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Karin Sebelin
ENTREPRENEUR, Author, Editor, Journalist, Columnist, Coach for Writers & Entrepreneurs, Trust Expert, Brand Manager Karin has been a successful entrepreneur since 2011 – she sees trust as the foundation for happiness. She began her career as CEO of Presse-Service Karin Sebelin, and had huge success on the English platform Ecademy with blogging, engagement and collaboration. She coaches writers and entrepreneurs, and shows them how to become successful through TRUST and the right branding. Karin’s mission is teaching our world a new thinking. Her book “Trust … the only kind of influence that really matters” dispels the myth of trustworthiness. She currently writes her next book about ethical entrepreneurship. Her websites: | | |

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