Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | February 4, 2012

Build Up Those You Lead With Praise

If you praise your employees, they will feel more valued. When I speak of praise, I refer to heart felt, sincere praise. As a leader, you should praise your employees when they do a good job. The praise can come in the form of a small compliment, a thank you card, recognition in front of others, or some other way. All employees have their ups and downs, but when you recognize the successes of your employees by praising them, it will make a difference in their performance.

When you give praise, there are three things to consider.

  1. Is the praise deserved?
  2. What do you want to accomplish by praising your employee?
  3. What type of an impact do you want to have by giving the praise?

Is the praise deserved? Each person has to determine for himself/herself if someone is deserving of praise. Once you have decided you want to give praise, you must be very sincere.

Anytime an employee makes improvement, they should be praised. They should be recognized for their progression. You can recognize them through praising them for their good efforts.

What do you want to accomplish by praising your employee? When you praise your employees you want to help them feel valued. You want to let them know that you appreciate them and their efforts.

What type of an impact do you want to have by giving the praise? When you think about what type of an impact you want to have, you should think about when to give the praise. You can have the greatest impact when you praise employees in front of their peers and their leaders. As you praise in front of the right audience, your praise will have a great impact.

I encourage you to learn the art of giving praise at the right time in front of the right audience. You will gain greater appreciation for your employees as you sincerely praise your employees in addition to gaining their trust.

What experience have you had with praise that has influenced you? Has it helped you in your career? Please share your comment in the section below!



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