Updated: Dec 20, 2021
I wasn't a guy that gave a lot of praise to my team. It didn't come naturally for me to recognize people’s efforts. I did it because I read in books that it’s good for team and relationship building...but it always felt forced.
However, when I did praise my team, it felt great! And I also noticed that giving praise and appreciation to my team did magic in keeping the fire and passion lit of any ongoing project or initiative.
What would happen if all we did was work our team to exhaustion and never say thank you or give credit for their role in the rebuilding?
What if the opposite was true - What if all we did was praise our team for their amazing talents, recognizing we couldn’t do this alone?
In the book of Nehemiah, we see a leader who has gathered a team to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem. And if you pay attention to what's going on in chapter 3, you'll see the author devotes almost the entire chapter to listing the names of the people that are helping him build the wall. The New International Version titles chapter 3: Builders of the Wall.
1 - Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. 2 - The men of Jericho built the adjoining section, and Zakkur son of Imri built next to them. 3 - The Fish Gate was rebuilt by the sons of Hassenaah 4 - Meremoth son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, repaired the next section.
And the list goes on for all 32 verses. Nehemiah was praising his team by giving credit to where credit was due.
Talk about an amazing leader! God gives an example of a leader that praises - while rebuilding!
What can you do to praise your team along the way? Sending handwritten notes? Private messages? WhatsApp them something fun! Tweet publicly. Post something on their Facebook wall.
What can you do RIGHT NOW? Stop, pull out your phone, and text someone on your team. It's going to feel great!
I’m glad that I’ve changed - and now it's becoming natural for me to give recognition.