It’s about what you can do!

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.

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5 thoughts on “It’s about what you can do!

  1. I agree 110%! I’ve witnessed what happens to staff who feel unappreciated and with no inspiration from the top….it’s not pretty and it can take down a company quickly. Thank you for posting this!

  2. Good thoughts here, Kenneth.

    Your post instantly reminded me of a television documentary I watched a couple of years ago about how Japanese employers treat their employees.

    In Japan, employees are THE most important part of any company or corporation. They are viewed as more valuable than the CEO or the owner.

    They are shown appreciation at the turn of every corner. Some companies feed their employees a healthy breakfast every morning, make sure they have time for physical activity and exercise every day, and even perks like on-site daycare for employees’ children is made available so they can interact with their children throughout the day.

    You’re right Kenneth. Most human beings find ‘appreciation’ more valuable than money, bonuses, and elaborate gifts.

  3. Hey,

    These are such wonderful words…and I love this line: Don’t get so caught up in what’s happening in your world, that you forget to acknowledge what’s happening in theirs.

  4. Love this! Short, to the point and bang on. I am going to forward this to a number of my clients.

    I am so glad to see your point “They don’t need a pat on the back and a round of applause at every turn” Praise and apprecitation are only effective when sincere and specific. Being kind and thoughtful of others is a great lesson for life as well as the office. You put it beautifully.

    Keep well,
    Bonnie

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