Do you appreciate your team? Do you show appreciation to your team?
Sometimes leaders get so caught up in a busy schedule and a mountain of responsibilities that they forget to express appreciation to the people most important to them–their team.
I love the people on my team. I’m so grateful for their hard work, but I value who they are as people even more. I want each individual person under my leadership to know that he or she is important.
Good leaders value people’s work. Great leaders value people.
At the beginning of this year I started mailing out hand-written birthday cards to my team. I have to admit–I wasn’t expecting much of a response. But after a few weeks of sending out cards, the feedback I received was incredible! I got so many text messages and in person thank-you’s. My team felt loved, appreciated, and valued. I also noticed that communication became easier, attitudes improved, and team moral was raised. A simple birthday card made a huge impact!
Take a few minutes today to show your team how much you value them. Maybe it’s a birthday card. Maybe it’s a text message. Maybe it’s a cup of coffee. Just remember, the little things go a long way.
Here are some more suggestions to help you show appreciation to your team.
When problems arise (as they inevitably will), how do you respond? Leaders set the emotional climate for their team, so it is vital that our response to problems keep moral high and ingenuity flowing. One way to do this is to present problems not as an opposition, but as an opportunity.
I once told my assistant, “we don’t have problems, we have solutions!” It was that perspective shift that encouraged us to dive deep into the problem because buried in there somewhere was a solution. Everyone wants to come up with the latest and greatest idea. But what few fail to realize is that the greatest solutions come from the greatest problems.
When faced with a difficult situation, a negative “opposition mindset” stunts creative problem-solving. It can also make the problem feel tougher, more confusing, and more complicated that it actually is. On the other hand, a positive “opportunity mindset” opens the door for creative solutions. Viewing problems as opportunities can be a breading ground for excitement and innovation.
When tough situations arise, don’t get overwhelmed. Don’t back down. Choose to see opposition as opportunity.
Embrace the problem. Birth a solution.
Remember, opportunity often comes wrapped in opposition.
Everyone is leading someone. Everyone has a team. Currently that team might only consist of “me, myself, and I” but, nonetheless, you are still leading. In fact, if you can’t lead yourself, you’ll never be able to lead someone else.
That’s right—great leadership starts with you leading you.
Let your leadership shine today as you lead Me, Myself, and I. It could be as simple as going to the gym for that workout you’ve been talking about for weeks but have never actually done. Or maybe it’s getting all that homework finished on time. Whatever the task is, no matter how big or small, discipline yourself to do it. Stop thinking, stop talking, and just do. If you lead yourself to success today, you’ll be able to lead others to success tomorrow!
Successful leadership starts with how well you lead Team Me, Myself, & I.