Appreciate the Home Team:
One of the MOST important, yet simple, things a leader can do is show direct appreciation for the team they lead. The team is the MOST valuable asset of the vision, to the organization’s mission, and to the overall dream! Here are a few reasons why:
>The team are the individuals who have accepted your vision to be their vision.
Every one has a dream, a vision or goal, and a way they would like to change the world. However, only a few select and elite percent of people chase their dreams while the rest of the population helps them build it. Your “dream team” is an accumulation of people who have adopted your vision and made it their every day job. Meanwhile, their dreams remain on the backburner, typically from the fear that you once expereinced yet superceeded.
>The team keeps your vision in motion.
They are the daily hands and feet of the company, making sure the day to day tasks are aligning with the end in mind, with your mission in the forefront. They are the nuts and bolts of your dream, bringing all of the differerent necessary departments and required skills together to make the “dream machine”. You know?…that thing that helps you attain your vision and be successful with the mission.
>The team can do things you can’t do.
Each team member has a special skill and area of strength the other team members don’t have, including you! That’s what makes each person so valuable. Independently, each individual can not use only their gifts to achieve the goal with you; however, when people with specific strengths are strategiclly placed in an area of their skill set, there is a broad level of specialty and knowledge acquired within the organizaiton that one individual alone simply can not deliver. It’s very much like the human body: While each member of our bodies play a vital and very important role, key to our ability to exisit, they can not perform alone. They require the combined efforts of other body parts in order to function at their maximum capacity. The same applies for a company or organization that expects to be progressive and sustained.
>The team IS the organizaiton.
Simply put…you can not do it all on your own! Your team members are not only your employees, they are your biggest supporters! They give you the most valuable resource they have daily…their time! Before people respect a vision, they respect the leader first. If you have a team supporting you, chances are they respected you before dedicating themselves to your mission. Why else would they spend countless hours helping you build your dream? Don’t lose that respect. It will prove itself fatal to your organizaiton.
>No team = No dream.
Have you even been involved with or heard of an organization that experiences a ‘high staff retention rate’? This basically means the leader is not able to sustain longer terms of support and commitment from the team members they are leading. The leader is constanly hiring because team members are constantly deciding they no longer have the desire to support their leader’s mission. Nine times out of ten, a team member has not changed their mind about their overall agreement with the vision or mission. Chances are, the relationship between the leader and the teammate has become stale or unhealthy, and the teammate no longer feels relevant to their leader. Instability in the team creates a plethora of reasons that make it extremely difficult to execute an operation that yields the same vision. Not to mention, if you are always losing team members, who is going to help you sustain the day to day activities required to keep the organization in motion at an appropraite speed?
The success of an organization or company is co-dependant on the health of the relationship between the leader and their supporting team members. A good leader understands basic human behavior and their innate need for praise or affirmation from those leading them. People desire to feel appreciated for their dedication and that their commitment to the mission is not in vein.
The most amazing thing about the idea of showing your supporting team basic appreciation is that it can cost NOTHING but a few minutes of your time:
- Kind words are free
- Kind gestures are free
- Face to face communication is free
- An emial/phone call is free, etc, etc…
Taking a few minutes of time to show graditude towards the people who dedicate countless hours to building your dreams is a non-negotiable. It may not cost you anything, but it is worth EVERYTHING.
CLICK HERE to check out an INCREDIBLE act of appreciaiton this leader and CEO has choosen to show his team! This is a man who values and cares for the people who have helped build his dream. He obvioulsy knows his comapny would not exisit without their skill, effort, time, and dedication to him as a leader. What an amazing way to pay it forward!
Mad Love to you and your ability to be GREATER,