A recent CareerBuilder survey says 50 percent of employees would stay longer with their companies if they were recognized more frequently

To pull this off takes a leader or colleague with the capacity to verbally praise, encourage, and motivate others.

I said verbally -- a lost art in the digital age. We spend the majority of our time at work, but most of the time we communicate through apps and texting, and treat each other like strangers in person. 

So, what can you say consistently that will cause your colleagues and employees to gravitate toward you? What words will cause a team player to light up with a smile? What genuine questions will have someone look at you and think, "This is someone I can trust."

Here are 24 ways to verbally express appreciation, encouragement, trust, and demonstrate to others that you're a great leader.

5 phrases to express praise and appreciation

  • Having you on this team makes a huge difference.
  • It's so refreshing getting to work with you.
  • I absolutely love how you handled that [situation/difficult customer/task]!
  • Know that your role is truly important to our success. 
  • I couldn't have done it without you.

5 phrases to express encouragement and affirmation

  • I trust your judgment on this decision.

  • I know how hard this project is, but I just can't imagine working without you.

  • I have total confidence in you and your abilities. 
  • You are one of the most reliable employees I've ever had. I believe in you.

  • I'm happy to see you!

6 phrases (including 4 questions) to express exceptional leadership

  • What can I do to help make you better?
  • Know that I'm here for you and my door is always open. Just ask me anything.
  • I'd like to learn more about your talents so we're crafting your job according to your strengths and interests.
  • When can we schedule some time to discuss your career path and development goals?
  • I want to make sure you have everything you need to succeed. Any obstacles in the way?
  • How can I better support you as your manager?

4 phrases to express the building of trust

  • That was my fault. You deserve better.
  • What can we do better next time?
  • What is your opinion on this [project/task/proposal/strategy/decision]?
  • Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

4 phrases to inspire and motivate others

  • I'd love your feedback on any changes I need to make before presenting.
  • This is what I'd like for us to accomplish together long-term. 
  • I want to play to your strengths.
  • Tell me how that works. I want to learn from you.

What phrases would you add to this list for building better relationships with co-workers or employees? Hit me up on Twitter.

Published on: May 18, 2018
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