Inspiring others: Use these sample phrases to craft meaningful performance evaluations, drive change and motivate your workforce.

Inspiring is encouraging one to be their best in contributing to the vision of an organization where they are placed and entrusted to work.

Inspiring others: Exceeds Expectations Phrases

  • Is very genuine and honest with other employees and to oneself, and does not pretend to be someone one is not
  • Involves colleagues when working on a plan that will help create a more optimal environment at work
  • Does not let people one is trying to inspire to see them when one gets really angry or really upset
  • Avoids using insulting or negative language when one is around people; uses constructive criticism instead of putting people down
  • Listens to what other people have to say and constantly compliments them when they do good work
  • Arranges a group discussion in order to address a problem and avoids targeting a particular group member during the conversation
  • Sets up meetings with coworkers who don't get along to work through their conflicts and prevent them from poisoning the positive environment one is trying to create
  • Is willing to listen to feedback about oneself and look for ways that one can grow and improve
  • Does not pretend to know or understand something one doesn't know or understand
  • Takes the time to learn more about one's work and the people one serves in order to be more productive

Inspiring others: Meets Expectations Phrases

  • Steps back after giving the advice in order to allow others to make their own decisions or discuss important issues
  • Takes a small part of one's day at work to talk and listen to other employees in order to help maintain a positive atmosphere
  • Shows other employees how to overcome or deal with their weaknesses in order to help them grow professionally and emotionally
  • Recognizes employees who go above and beyond the call of duty to get things done, in order to encourage them to continue working hard and incentivize others to take the initiative
  • Sets realistic goals and develops a clear plan to accomplish them in order to avoid issues or confusion in future
  • Makes sure that everyone understands all the assignments and the deadlines when working with a team to avoid confusion
  • Identifies problems, makes them seem smaller and gives suggestions on how to handle them
  • Takes on more work than one needs to and helps other employees with their work when one can
  • Does not judge people when they make mistakes; sympathizes with them and lets them know that one understands that the mistakes they made were only human
  • Expands one's horizons further than before while thinking about the impact one's actions will have on those around

Inspiring others: Needs Improvement Phrases

  • Tells everyone what one is good at instead of letting one's actions speak for themselves
  • Sets goals but does not know how to zig and zag one's way or put a clear plan to achieve them
  • Talks more and listens less; does not listen when a colleague comes with a problem or gives suggestions to improve a certain situation
  • Does not know how to build resilience or display how much one can handle emotionally, mentally or physically
  • Offers the wrong advice; tells people to be what they are not or do what they should not when they come for advice
  • Does not encourage or support people who are facing challenges at work or offer solutions to the challenges they are facing
  • Is not willing to share one's failures and successes as a way to help other employees understand that they are not the only ones who face challenges
  • Is not a good communicator; does not watch what one says or how one speaks thus ends up hurting people when having conversations
  • Is unwilling to share one's knowledge; does not share what one has read with others or some of the inspirational books one has read
  • Does not lead by example; always does things quite the opposite of what everyone else expects

Inspiring others: Self Evaluation Questions

  • People observe what you do more than they listen to how you speak. How do you ensure that your actions inspire others at work?
  • What are some of the things you have done in the past to improve your ability to inspire others at work?
  • Describe a time when you have had to give inspiration to a colleague who was constantly late at work. How did you go about it? Did the person take your advice?
  • What have you done to make other employees feel cared for and to earn trust from them?
  • What are some of the books you have read, places you have been or things you have done that have inspired you the most?
  • Describe a time when you felt you were able to inspire other employees in a big way. What did you do?
  • Is there a time when you have had difficulties getting a colleague to accept your advice? What was your approach?
  • How do you reward employees whose work exceeds your expectations? Give an example of when this has happened
  • Give a good example of a time when there was a conflict in your team, but you were able to fix it. What had happened? What did you do?
  • Can you give an example of two people who have really inspired you in life? What has been their impact on your career life?

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