Mastering the art of acknowledgement is an essential skill for a leader. While people are trying to earn a living, commonly, the workplace is one of the last places people receive acknowledgement and praises when it shouldn’t be.
Acknowledging other people’s achievements serves as a secret tool for employee satisfaction and retention. Moreover, it improves employees’ productivity and overall performance at work.
Acknowledgement doesn’t require a formal event to be rewarded to someone. It can be in the form of the simplest gesture such as a simple appreciation for a job well done.
Or if you don’t find it as an easy task or you don’t know how to express the acknowledgement, here are some practices that will help you in appreciating the amazing people in the team:
1. GIVE SPECIFIC PRAISES TO SPECIFIC PERSONS.
Describe specifically which part of the journey was the most amazing for you. Also, mention the name or names of specific people who were part of the success. Make sure to focus the acknowledgement to the people on the team and not you as their team leader.
2. LISTEN TO THEM.
In every organization, good communication always matters. One way of acknowledging your employees is by listening to them – whether it is an idea they are sharing or the experiences they’ve gone through while doing the project.
3. PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES.
As a leader, it is on you to help them grow. You acknowledge their potential by giving them access to a wider set of skills to enhance and improve what they have.
4. SAY THANK YOU.
These two words can go a long way. Make it a habit to thank your employees or your team members for every little thing that they do for you and the whole team.
5. SHARE A VISION.
Finally, share with them a vision to where this success will lead to next. Make sure to include them in entering the doors of opportunities that opened. As the leader, you are responsible for giving them another reason to continue and strive for a better future of the company together.
Most importantly, make sure to acknowledge yourself and your own efforts, too. As humans, it is in our nature the need to feel like we are valued.
A great leader is someone who knows how to celebrate his/her team’s successes, small or big; someone who knows how to acknowledge the best, and even the bad, in the team they are leading.
We always want to be a part of a team that keeps winning. I mean, who wouldn’t want that, right?
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Dr. Gerald Amandu, PhD
Leadership Coach and Business Advisor CEO & Founder, Gerald Amandu Success Academy