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Holiday Leadership- set the Example

Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on

It’s the end of the calendar yer, the fiscal year, and the start of the holiday season.  Family is traveling in from out of town, gifts are being purchased, holiday parties are planned and attended by all.  It’s a busy time of year!

It’s also the time of giving.

We give to our churches, schools, loved ones, neighbors, etc.  Businesses usually take this time to thank customers, vendors, supporters, but we also need to take the time to thank the internal employees who drive the business strategies.  Phil Holberton, leadership and management expert, writes that as leaders, we need to be sure to take the time to thank these employees, not just give them a turkey or other material gift.  Read the full article here.

Genuine thank you’s help the employees feel valued, opens the lines of communication, and also contributes to the motivation for the team.  Holberton writes, “Simple gratitude is the three-in-one oil that lubricates the organizational structure and develops the path(s) of least resistance.”  In this past year, it’s been hard on individuals and businesses alike.  Recognizing the efforts made by your employees will go a long way in helping boost the morale of the employees who have been through the ups and downs with you this year.

This is not to say that leaders don’t feel stress though.  Holberton says leaders feel stress, but that, “We need to identify the possibility for anxiety and be forgiving to our colleagues and ourselves.”  This year, let’s all be more forgiving of each other and more thankful for the efforts of our employees.  We can all understand the outside stresses of family and how it can affect us at work.  With a little more understanding and a genuine thank you, we can all contribute to the success of  everyone.

What does your company do to thank your employees?  Are you trying anything new this year?