Berger Leadership Blog

Feb 26, 2016

5 things that spur organizational success

Dan with member
Listening to a member during one of NAFCU's conferences.

I hear this often, but it can’t be said enough: A key to our success as leaders is spurring on and encouraging our teams toward success – their own success and, by extension, the success of our organizations. 

As a leader, you must remember that when you say “good job” or “thank you” it’s magnified. If an employee deserves praise, say it. Often. Seriously, you must communicate, over-communicate and clearly communicate.

A recent Inc.com post by Peter Economy focuses on how leaders can best “unlock the energy” in their organizations to get things done and achieve success. He highlights five habits in particular:

  1. Energize. As the leader, you’re the source of energy for your organization, so bring that energy to everything you do.
  2. Empower. Get out of the way – let your people do the jobs you hired them to do.
  3. Support. Encourage your staff to try new things and think of new ways to reach your organization’s goals. If they fail, don’t punish them – push them to try again.
  4. Communicate. To sharpen your communication skills, communicate more – rather than less – with your team.
  5. Recognize. “You get what you reward,” Economy writes. If someone on your team performs well, be sure to let them know.

How do these five habits sound to you? How will you apply them to yourself and in your organization?

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