Lately it seems as though many leaders use endless praise as a means to help their employees be happy. With this philosophy all answers are right and everyone gets an award. Another motivator for a leader to employ this strategy is to be liked or to gain acceptance by everyone. If you are striving for an optimal company culture, this recipe won’t get you there. In fact it will certainly take you down the wrong road.
As a leader you should have realized by now that you won’t be liked by everyone all the time. Employees don’t want things and games. They crave clarity, connectivity and consistency. They want to know how what they do impacts the organizations overall strategies. They want to work with purpose and to have recognition of that work when done well.
Here are a few fundamental actions you can start using today to help inspire and engage your employees:
- Show the alignment between their goals and the organizations top strategies
- Raise the bar with clearly defined goals where they can control the outcome
- Don’t give empty praise – be specific
- Failure isn’t the end – teach them how to learn from mistakes and failure
- Say thank you
As a leader you won’t be liked by everyone all the time but in the end you will be respected and loved because you help them get to a higher standard and helped them to become better.
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