The culture of recognition in the daily life of leadership

How often in your job do you get the recognition you expect for your work? How often do you give someone else the recognition he or she deserves? In what way does this happen? Rather in a one-to-one discussion or openly in front of other teammates and superiors? There are numerous moments in the everyday life of every manager or leader when recognition has a place, this wonderful social competence, thanks to which you can score points across the board and influence the entire corporate culture!

For all those who receive it, recognition is a true motivational booster, the unmistakable sign: “I’m on the right path, where I’m moving forward!” “I’m with the right person who appreciates and encourages me!” “I’m in the right environment where I’m seen and trusted, where I can become better!”

Although in any company, motivating employees by recognizing good performance is an essential piece of the mosaic on the way to the best possible outcome of a project and the highest possible achievement of goals, I witness again and again that recognition from leadership is almost completely missing. From this I conclude that it must be a very heavy piece of the mosaic for many managers, which they can hardly lift. Or the synapses in their brain, which link theoretical knowledge about employee motivation with practical experience are permanently in deep sleep. High time to shake them up!

Recognition is defined along many different lines. Big gestures are not always necessary, life consists of many small gestures.

Here is an example of how you, as a leader, can show appreciation in everyday work life, e.g. when you comment on a team member’s presentation about a certain topic:

You express your appreciation through positive formulations. You appreciate e.g. the detailed background research, the clever choice of words, the unique illustration or the convincing “stage presence” that made the presentation a success. Then you conclude by thanking the presenter and invite the others to join in a team applause. It doesn’t even have to take a minute, but it leaves the presenter feeling great. At the same time, your image as a leader who has shown true appreciation will shine. In this way you can set a precedent and consolidate your leadership style in a simple and memorable way. Should anything in the presentation not have met your expectations, it is preferable then to take it up bilaterally.

By the way, remember to stay authentic, appropriate and down-to-earth in the way you show your appreciation. The recipe is: Less is more, but more often is better!

Recognition can also be used as an effective team building tool to increase the motivation of the whole team. Would you like to know how? Then contact me so that we can put together a plan according to your needs. I look forward to meeting you!

With appreciation,

Tatjana Gaspar