November 2011: Give praise and give thanks.

 As a leader, one of the most empowering things you can do is recognize, encourage and thank others.  It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of the daily grind and take for granted the contributions of those around you.  Consider this: a Gallup poll of four million employees concluded that the single biggest reason why employees leave their jobs is because they do not feel appreciated. On the flip side, those who receive regular recognition are more engaged and productive; they serve customers more effectively, have better safety records, and the list goes on. 

A pat on the back often means more than other forms of compensation.  But remember, the act of giving thanks and giving praise must be genuine.  Do it only when you mean it.

During this month of thanks-giving, step back and think about how often you thank and recognize those around you.  It could pay dividends down the road.