This week in my leadership course we have focused on the leadership practice of celebrating/rewarding the accomplishments of others. This practice is often viewed as “soft” or “emotional” but it is essential to organizations. Leaders who can effectively praise and recognize others will build relationships, sustain commitment, and improve results in their organization. In class we discussed these 5 steps that great leaders can use when celebrating others.
1. Expect the Best – strong leaders set high expectations and consistently demonstrate their belief in others and themselves.
2. Pay Attention – Great Leaders listen to and watch the people they work with and notice what they are doing well.
3. Tell the Story – Great Leaders share the stories of people who have achieved success, done something well, or accomplished great things in your organization.
4. Personalize the Recognition – Great Leaders deliver thoughtful recognition that is unique and meaningful to the individual.
5. Celebrate Together – Great leaders bring people together to say thanks and also to reinforce organizational values and goals.