Forgotten Phrase…

There is a two-word, eight-letter phrase that is often forgotten by leaders and/or employers in many organizations and businesses. It’s the phrase, “Thank you.” This can be especially tough to say for employers and leaders who are constantly and diligently grinding out positive results day after day. Often this is simply because they are good at what they do, and after all, shouldn’t everyone be? I am not saying that leaders should not hold employees/organizations to high standards. I am not saying leaders should be “ok” with mediocrity. I am not saying leaders should not demand excellence. However, leaders should realize that they are often leading because they are the best man or woman for the job. Leaders should demand excellence and strive to get the most out of each team member. Sometimes, however, a team member’s “best” is not equal to your “best” in a particular area. Hopefully, as a good leader you are recognizing each team member’s strength and plugging them into things that will make them successful as well as make your organization successful. An honest and humble leader will realize that he/she is not the expert in all matters. And while the leader may have superior strengths in many areas, it is likely that the success achieved will hinge largely on the expertise and performance of others. Those other members enjoy compliments and success as much as you do. When was the last time you said, “Thank you?”

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