One of my favorite authors and speakers is Dr. John Maxwell. I have a shelf full of his leadership books, and yes I do read them. His leadership stuff is just amazing. I read and listen as much as possible and hope that something sticks. Today, I started re-reading 'The 21 Indispensable Qualities A Leader' and it's as good as the first time. Here's a great tidbit...
Put A '10' On Everyone's Head
One of the best things you can do for people - which also attracts them to you - is to expect the best of them. I call it putting a '10' on everyone's head. It helps others think more highly of themselves, and at the same time, it helps you. According to Jacques Wiesel, "A survey of one hundred self-made millionaires showed only one common denominator. These highly successful men and women could only see the good in people."
Benjamin Disraeli, former Prime Minister of England, once said, "The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches but to reveal to him his own." If you appreciate others, encourage them, and help them reach their potential, they will love you for it.
I absolutely love the sentence about highly successful men and women only seeing the good in people. It's amazing how very good we are at keeping at inventory of the bad in people. I wonder how much more successful many of us would be if we started seeing 'only the good' in people. Would we be better mates, parents, teachers, pastors, businessmen?