What are the Love Languages for Entrepreneurs?
The concept of using love languages in business is a way to make people feel special and motivated to improve productivity. It emphasizes the power of words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, and encouraging touch points in order to build better relationships with others.
Different Strokes for Different Folks
As Entrepreneurs we all need different things at different times. Just as people need different things in different relationships. Entrepreneurs also respond to love languages. A parent/child, mother/daughter, auntie/niece, uncle/nephew, content creator/audience, buyer/seller, merchant/publisher, teacher/student, these relationships require different things in order to flourish.
Do You Recognize Any of These Languages at Wealthy Affiliate?
PRAISE AND ENCOURAGEMENT
Recognition, praise, and encouragement goes a long way at the appropriate time. Wealthy affiliate has nailed this one. They give time-sensitive recognition, 6-month, 1-year, 2-year badges and more. This is really awesome.
Your team needs clear direction from you. When you say things like, “You can do it. Go get it,” it’s not effective. They need you to say, “I need you to do this, this, and this by this time. Can you do that?”
Typically, you don’t want to give people more than a list of three things to do at a time or they’ll be overwhelmed.
Great leaders talk about what’s next. What’s exciting about a year from now, five years from now, ten, 15, 20 years from now.
Great presidents do this as well. They’ll talk about how America has an incredible future and how the greatest days are not behind us, but ahead of us.
People want to be involved and they want to be heard. If you ask people for their ideas and you never implement them, they will feel like, “Why do I even give them to you? You never do them anyways.”
Great leaders challenge people all the time, privately, publicly and behind their backs.
Phil Jackson was famous for this, Riley was famous for this, Belichick is famous for this, Wooden was famous for this. Great coaches are famous for this. Great parents are famous for this. Great leaders are famous for this. Great generals are famous for this. Why? Because it shows that nobody is greater than the team.
We all need to pull our weight. We all need to do our part. The show doesn’t revolve around just one player. It doesn’t work out that way. We’re a team.
The last language is actually not a language. The last language is when you just zip your mouth, and you simply listen. This is not easy, but listening is a very, very big skill set. Sometimes it’s just sitting there and hearing a person out.
You need to listen and show genuine interest. In fact, with all of these love languages for entrepreneurs, you need to be genuine. If you’re not genuine, if you’re just putting on an act, people can tell.
What is your favorite love language?