Updated: Dec 31, 2020
Whether a new leader of people or an old-hand, you should always be fans of your teams.
We spend an inordinate amount of time with our teams, so get to know them and show your team that you care about them. Find out what motivates them, their family life, their interests and hobbies, what sports teams they follow, their goals and aspirations and, very importantly, problems and issues that they have both inside and outside of work. People will be far more willing to go the extra mile for you if they know you care about them.
Some of the ways to be a fan of your team:
Spontaneous rewards - unexpected rewards for doing great work.
Make them look good in front of important people - praise them in front of your bosses; let them know how critical that person is.
3rd party compliments - praise people in other teams that you think are doing a good job. Send them an email, copy their boss and let them know how their work is helping your team do a better job.
Keep great news alive - spread the word, make sure others know of the successes coming from the team and how well they are doing.
Surprise your teams with unexpected gifts for exceptional work, and you will be amazed at what a small gift will achieve in terms of positive morale and the general well-being of the team. They will then work extra hard as they know you value their contributions.
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