Appreciation is wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belongs to us as well.-Voltaire
Every one would be agree with me that we all have a deep and honest need (rather desire) to be appreciated by the ones for we are doing something. They may be any or all of – our parents, our children, our life partner, our friends, our colleagues, our superiors and so on.
We all have a need to feel important. It is almost biological.
Early American psychologist and philosopher William James once said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the need to be appreciated.” This is not lost on any one of us.
To become a successful busness owner or a superstar manager and CEO; you may not need extensive knowledge or expertise, but you must have the ability to inspire enthusiasm in your employees. You can do it through appreciation and encouragement.
I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm to be my greatest asset, and the way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. There is nothing that kills the ambitions of a person as much as criticisms from superiors. I rarely criticize anyone. I believe in giving people incentive to work. So I am anxious to praise but loath to find fault. If I like anything, I am hearty in my appreciation and hearty in my praise.
I have come across many business leaders, who have even gone so far as to praise their employees publicly as well as privately. They keep praising employees and managers for the small things and gushing over them for the big. Slowly, they become the consummate cheerleaders and their employees’ biggest fan. They never miss a chance to praise their managers in private or at company’s annual meetings and in annual reports.
I have learned from these successful business leaders that if we praised people for the little things, they’d give us even bigger things to praise them for later on down the line.