Somehow over a period of time, the actions associated with recognizing good performance became the sole domain of management. Things like performance reviews, raises and formal appreciation recognitions have become a “downward looking” role. What if it were the true leader that equally looks up, over and down when they recognize?
I had the humbling opportunity to accept the 2008 Global Diversity Change Agent Award from The Boeing Company last night. While it may appear top down, it was not. Individuals at the lowest levels of the organization can nominate anyone they would like. The nominations are then reviewed and the awards are sponsored by the company. Over the course of my long career, I’ve been given plenty of good reviews, raises and appreciations from management. I can tell you first hand the honor of subordinate recognition beat them all.
So what’s the leadership lesson? Particularly early in your career you must develop a rhythm of consistently recognizing and thinking good performance. Look for “people doing good.” Find achievements. Send hand written notes and emails to people you know when you hear they completed something significant. Don’t assume bosses get recognition from their leaders. Step up, pull the team together and thank them. You’ll be amazed at the result.
What ways have you developed to make recognition a regular activity? Have you ever recognized a boss?