If you want to lead at work, keep your eyes (and ears) scanning for workplace “litter” (corrupt employees, gossip, wasted resources, unreliable partners, etc.) Show others where the litter is and get them on your cleaning crew. Come up with a viable plan. Share the litter and solution with your leadership (if able.) Grab a garbage bag and get to work!
The two most important words that inspire action are thank you. During most of my time in the military, I rarely said thank you to the troops that mattered...especially the younger, enlisted folks. After all, I was the fighter pilot. I had the Air Force Academy ring. I was an officer. They worked for...
Smiles are contagious. And so is the positive energy that results when you acknowledge someone for being special. It’s about honoring one's humanity (which in my opinion is a great way to serve someone.) You never know how your kind word, extra tip or gift will affect someone.
When you commit to excellence, lead by example, and set the standard, others will do the same. Leadership takes work and sacrifice.
Winners possess a positive attitude and are disciplined, passionate, and committed. But at the end of the day, they take action to make things happen.
To create a culture of excellence where people are motivated to do their best, an organization must be focused on performance as its ultimate criteria for success. Nothing else really matters. Organizations that have great morale and teamwork aren’t going to be around for long if they don’t deliver the mission!