If I’m truly honest, there have been moments in my life where I’ve found myself on the edge of my seat intently listening to and participating in gossip. At one time or another, it’s likely that we all have.
It’s amazing how certain stories—especially when they’re “juicy”—can be so compelling and can even begin shaping our perceptions about others.
We all know how damaging gossip can be and how quickly it can spread. But what if it was possible to flip a sinful and divisive habit upside down? What if it was actually possible to “gossip success?”
Gossiping success is the intentional sharing of a positive story (about a specific individual or team) with someone else.
Maybe you noticed a coworker displaying a positive attitude with a customer…Gossip it!
Maybe one of your direct reports showed initiative and decided to pull in other departments to foster better collaboration and decision-making…Gossip that too!
Someone solve a difficult and persistent problem? Did someone receive an internal promotion?
You guessed it…spread those juicy details!
Spreading positive information can have a number of encouraging benefits:
1. It can serve as a motivation and inspiration to others.
2. It can provide visibility for others into how that individual solved similar challenges or obstacles.
3. It fosters a “can-do” culture.
4. It provides followers with a sense of measurability and gives them the satisfaction of knowing that they are making a difference.
Leaders are always responsible for creating and maintaining a healthy team environment.
Storytelling is a success secret that great leaders both know and capitalize on.
They understand that sharing positive stories of others’ achievements can create a spark in people that spreads like wildfire.
So what are you waiting for? Light a fire in your team today!