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The Transformative Power of Appreciation in Leadership

Sunday, July 02, 2023

The quote, "A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected," is not just a heartwarming saying. It is a powerful insight that resonates deeply within the sphere of leadership and team building. In essence, this quote encapsulates a core principle of human behavior - the profound influence of appreciation in unlocking potential, stimulating growth, and cultivating a culture of excellence.

When this principle intersects with the realms of the DISC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness) personality model and Emotional Intelligence (EI), it morphs into a formidable tool that can redefine the contours of effective leadership.

1. Dominance - Unleashing the Power of Positive Reinforcement

Individuals who score high on Dominance in the DISC model are known for their driven and assertive nature. As leaders, these individuals need to channel their drive and energy into positive reinforcement. By acknowledging and celebrating the victories - both big and small - of their team members, they can create an environment where everyone feels valued and motivated to outperform their own expectations.

2. Influence - The Ripple Effect of Appreciation

Leaders with high Influence are natural communicators and people-pleasers. Their vibrant energy and enthusiastic communication style can act as powerful vehicles for expressing appreciation. As a leader, your appreciation carries a ripple effect; it doesn't just boost the morale of one employee but elevates the spirit of the entire team. And a high-spirited team is likely to witness a surge in productivity and engagement.

3. Steadiness - Consistency Meets Recognition

For those with a high Steadiness score, their strength lies in their calming influence and unwavering reliability. These leaders are the steady ships that employees lean on during turbulent times. By recognizing and appreciating the consistent and steady efforts of their team members, these leaders can encourage their teams to keep striving for excellence with unrelenting enthusiasm.

4. Conscientiousness - Celebrating the Art of Detail

Leaders scoring high in Conscientiousness have an unparalleled attention to detail. They can use this unique strength to appreciate the often-overlooked efforts of their team members. By recognizing their team's thoroughness and meticulousness, they empower them to keep setting high standards of work, thereby driving the team's collective performance.

The Emotional Intelligence Factor

Leaders with high EI have a keen understanding of their own emotions and those of others. They can empathize with the emotional labor their team puts in, appreciate their resilience during challenging situations, and laud their innovative problem-solving skills. This kind of appreciation creates a cycle of positive reinforcement, making the workplace a more supportive, collaborative, and nurturing space.

In conclusion, as a leader, it's crucial to remember that every team member is unique, each contributing in their own invaluable way. Understanding their DISC profiles can help customize your appreciation, while high emotional intelligence can enable you to express it in a genuinely heartfelt and impactful manner. As the French philosopher Voltaire once said, "Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." Through appreciating others, we not only elevate them but also ourselves as leaders.

By fostering a culture of appreciation and weaving it with the strands of DISC and Emotional Intelligence, we can unlock the doors to unprecedented teamwork and growth.

Hi, I Am Dr. Tracie Hines Lashley


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