Leadership is not so much about what you do. It’s about what you can do to inspire, encourage, empower, and coach others to do. If your employees know you can be pleased and that goals can be reached, then they will happily work toward those things.
Express appreciation and admiration when appropriate to your employees. They don’t need a pat on the back and a round of applause at every turn. What they do need is to know that you can be seen as someone who appreciates them. If you act like a hamster running in a wheel, your people feel as though no amount of hard work or hours spent will ever garner your approval or satisfaction, their energy and self-motivation will be zapped.
Don’t get so caught up in what’s happening in your world, that you forget to acknowledge what’s happening in theirs.