Employees spend an incredible amount of time and emotion working to gain your approval. Whether they were deprived of it by their parents or need approval to bolster their adult confidence, it’s a powerful force in the workplace.
As a leader, you should tap into this.
Recognize the importance your approval plays with your team. A few lines of praise in an email. Recognition for a job well done in a meeting. Personal thanks for extra time on a project. It doesn’t have to be big. In fact, the simpler and more low key, the better.
But do offer approval. Give it often.