Whether we like to admit it easily or not, we all appreciate accolades and praise. The thing is, most of us don't want to be "that guy or gal" that constantly boasts about our accomplishments or the ways in which we've saved the day.

Of course, you might be the opposite (or know the type) who seem to do nothing but talk about themselves, but that's not what this post is about.

Seven Easy Ways to Wear a Cape Without Flaunting It

Whether you want to impress your co-workers, employees or your customers, there are some simple and easy steps you can take on a regular basis to show that you truly care.

  1. Listen - People love to be heard, especially people who are upset or unsatisfied for one reason or another. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to listen objectively and not even attempt to offer a solution. A little empathy goes a long way.
  2. Study the Leaders in your Industry - No matter what sector of business you're in, you know who leads the pack. Study what they've done and are currently doing. Not only will you gain critical insights into your own processes, but will most likely be seen as a leader to those who follow what you're doing.
  3. Lead by Example - An easy way to gain respect and show your off your skills is by simply doing what it is you're passionate about, unabashedly and without compromise. Weird Al is one example.
  4. Don't Judge Others - Everyone is unique and will undoubtedly take a different approach or have a differing opinion on any particular decision or way forward than you. Don't make assumptions and don't assume your way is the only way to get things done.
  5. Offer Options Not Hard Solutions - If someone in the workplace or within your customer support process asks for help or advice, give it of course, but be mindful of how you present your opinion. People want to feel empowered to make their own decisions. If you're asked for your take on things, give them more than one possibility rather than a hardline solution.
  6. Promote the Positive, Ignore the Negative - Do you know a Debbie Downer? We all do don't we? No matter what the situation, there is always a silver lining. Rather than trying to correct the negative, try accentuating the positives you find. You'll be surprised at just how easy it is to push negativity aside.
  7. Use the Power of Small Gestures - Sometimes it's the simplest things that can propel you to hero status. One example is the Free Hugs Campaign. Have you ever had a bad day? We all have, and that's why such a small gesture like opening a door, a smile to stranger, or even taking time out for a quick heartfelt conversation with someone is sometimes all it takes to change someone's day for the better.

I hope you find this list useful and can find a way to apply at least some of these tips to your business in order to make it stronger and to position yourself as a hero, at least for one day.