Appreciation and Recognition are two key ingredients for building a great team. Team leaders can use appreciation and recognition to build a great team. Lets see what Appreciation and Recognition accounts in building a great team.
- Appreciation belongs to the personal attribute or personality
- Appreciation means accepting who the person is as person
- Appreciation means value your team member as person or individual first
- A simple example is that if a team member makes mistake, ask him “how he or she feels?” or “ask him or her that you are there to help”. Because when a person makes mistake he or she is still the same team member and at that time a few words of appreciation motivates him to not to make mistake again. Making him or her sure to not to commit mistake again will rarely work because you as leader can fix more problems by appreciating a person.
- Recognition is something given for what a person does or achieve as individual
- Recognition is given to assert that the work done by the team member, has value beyond his or her regular contribution
- Recognition is given as an act of appreciation when someone went above and beyond, requires appreciation
- Don’t hesitate to recognize achievements with team, because recognition hidden from the team is not recognition. it is just an act of appreciation.
The key difference between appreciation and recognition is that you appreciate the person and you recognize the act done by the person. All team members needs appreciation and recognition so give them when it is needed. Don’t hesitate to say a few words of appreciation in public because most of the time, few words or appreciation in public, create loyalty and boot team morale.
Finally Be Authentic:
- Be authentic when appreciating and recognizing your team members individually. Don’t do it if you feel that you “have to” do it. Do it only because you feel someone really deserve it and you want to do it from your heart. Being original and authentic goes long way and creates your credibility in the team.
- Once you prove to be authentic, you will create a team environment which is transparent for any discussion in need. The best things come by being authentic is that there are “no surprises”.
Recently I went through a literature which was given to me during a leadership training at my previous work. I wanted to live through the training again and decided to follow it again completely. The content was great and it was mainly conveying 3 main things to become a successful leader:
- Translating individual potential to team potential and individual strength to team strength
- This is done by showing trust in team and confidence
- Winning trust is not an easy thing and it is done be being honest
- Confidence in team is created by encouraging them to do the exemplary things by showing the path, not by doing it yourself
- Searching hidden potential in team and bringing it the limelight
- This is done by preparing and promoting team member for bigger task
- This is achieved by seeing big and looking for the big picture
- After that showing the exact same picture to everyone
- Finally bringing everyone to follow the same objective
- Do less and achieve BIG
- This is hardest to achieve because a leader want to see the results at his scale and to match then, he or she starts doing everything by himself and it is the end of leadership.
- A leader is nothing if his or her team does not see himself or herself a leader and you can not force someone to follow your lead.
- This is achieved by mastering #1 and #2 above.
A leader is consider to be like the “paddle” for the boat. The “paddle” seems to look very small comparative to the “boat” however it is “paddle” who gives the direction to boat and help reaching to its destination . Everyone sees the “boat” however no one see the “paddle”. Now these days leaders are like “flag” on the boat who are there to show off and get the credit from the “paddle”.