12 Phrases That Empower Others

12 Phrases That Empower Others

from The Culture of Empowerment: How to Champion Others

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). It is true that death is in the power of our words, but the greater truth is that there is the power of life in our words. Here is a list of words that will create great life around us:

  1. Encouraging words – “You are making a difference around here.”
  2. Positive identity words – “You are a person of great strategic insight. This gifting is taking our organization to higher levels.”
  3. Specific thanksgiving words – “Here are three reasons I appreciate you: 1) You make people feel valued in your presence, 2) Your belief in me has been a great strength to me, and 3) Your prayer and worship life inspires me.”
  4. “I understand you” words – “I know it’s important to you that I keep my room clean so here is my plan to do this more consistently.”
  5. “I see you” words – “I notice how you always make new people feel welcome and included.”
  6. “I need you” words – “I just wanted to let you know that we really need you here. You make us so much more successful.”
  7. “Win-win” language – “You help me so much. What are the two most important things I can do to help you see your life dreams fulfilled?”
  8. “I am proud of you” words – “I was thinking today of how proud I am of you. You are reliable, you do things with excellence, and you represent us so well.”
  9. “You are significant and important” words – “You are important. What you do is connected to a bigger purpose and plan. We would not be nearly as successful without you.”
  10. Prophetic destiny language – “You are being prepared for bigger influence in the days ahead. This position you have now is training you for those things.”
  11. “You’ve got what it takes” words – “You can do it! Nothing is impossible for you!”
  12. Hope-filled words – “There is always a solution. I don’t know what it is, but God has one for this situation.”


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Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.