Leadership Lessons from The Help

“You’re smart. You’re kind. You’re important,” Abileen often tells Mae Mobley Leefolt, a toddler in The Help. When things don’t go well or Mae is upset, Abileen reminds her of these 3 most important qualities.

What would happen if leaders shared that same message with those they know? We could move mountains.

That simple affirmation validates the other person’s intelligence and worth while inspiring them to be a better person. If we all felt that way and encouraged others to do likewise, imagine the problems we would solve and great things we would achieve.

So my challenge to you is this:

From now till Thanksgiving, every single day, find 3 people in your life and affirm their worth with Abileen’s simple words:

You’re smart. You’re kind. You’re important.

Try it. What do we have to lose?

Great things happen when we affirm the worth of those around us.


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