Superstar leaders do many things incredibly well, but unfortunately they can still fall short in one of the most important areas of leadership, which is celebrating their people at every turn. The problem is that too many leaders make a lot of excuses as to why they don’t celebrate more often. The trap for leaders is that they typically don’t view the concept of celebration through the lens of the people who they lead. The culture of our organizations must fit the needs of our people, not our own. The key is to know your staff and that not all employees desire the same kind of appreciation for their work. It’s important to note, though, that lifting the people, no matter how tough times can get, might just be the one thing that is saving them from burnout.
Take 3 minutes to challenge yourself at work.
Challenge Yourself: Let’s Get RAW
Reflect–When something positive happens within your organization or department, do you find yourself saying “thank you” because the credit goes to you as the leader or “thank you” to the people who did the work?
Act–An attitude of gratitude can be good for both you and the people you lead. Decide upon one act of gratitude each day before you leave the house for work and then act on it by lifting someone new each day with a comment, an award, or a new experience you can provide.
Write–Write down the names of your direct reports and the way in which you believe they would most like to be appreciated at work. Use your list as frequently as possible.
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