“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is; treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be.”
To affirm a persons worth or potential, you may have to look at him with the eye of faith and treat him in terms of his potential, not his behavior. This isn’t to say that we trust him unconditionally, but it does mean that we treat him respectfully and trust him conditionally.
(Pg. 59 – PRINCIPLE-CENTERED LEADERSHIP, by Stephen R. Covey)