The Pygmalion Effect is named after the myth of a sculptor whose love of his statue brings it to life. It is a well documented psychological phenomena; people tend to live up, or live down, to your expectations of them.
“Trust men and they will be true to you. Treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
What are the ramifications for business / leadership / parenting?
It is imperative to keep your expectations high throughout your relationship with anyone in your network, until the relationship is terminated. Otherwise, you may be creating poor results simply by dropping your expectations.
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