Take a moment to recall your schooling days where you might have particularly liked and done well for a subject. Was the reason because of a good teacher who recognised and believed in you?

That is the power of the Pygmalion Effect at play – where other people’s confidence in you can improve your performance.

Applying this effect at the workplace, managers who give their employees the confidence that they can perform better, reinforce their drive at completing tasks and become more resilient against hardships, and overall resulting in high-quality work. This improved outcomes then strengthen both the managers’ and the employees’ beliefs in the employees’ capabilities and potential in producing even higher quality work. This in turn creates a continuous cycle of improvement.

At the end of the day, a manager’s role and a teacher’s role is similar in that they both strive to help others achieve the best that they can. Thus, when in doubt on how you should help your employees grow, perhaps you can shift your mentality towards imagining what a good teacher would do, and give your team the confidence they need to excel.

w your employees well enough, you can also refer them to places that you think they will be a good fit with. Even if they do not take up this offer, they would still be thankful knowing that they are taken care of.


The above excerpt is our compilation of ideas for business leaders in the areas of people management, leadership, and workplace happiness. 

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