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  • Writer's pictureJoel Adams

Bad Habit # 10: Failing to Give Proper Recognition

It is a basic human need to be needed, to contribute, to be valuable. Withholding recognition of another person’s contribution to a team success is unjust and creates distrust. More importantly, it deprives people of the emotional payoff that comes from success. They feel forgotten, ignored and pushed to the side. They feel disrespected when they should be feeling valued.

Recognize in “real-time”. Encourage peers to recognize peers. Recognize effort and professionalism as well as accomplishment. And make it real, not robotic.

Executives usually earn their position because of their IQ, business knowledge, and skill. But succeeding as an executive requires different skills: high emotional intelligence. Many leaders have not developed the habit of “praising in public”. Make giving proper recognition one of your good habits, today.

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