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The Power of the Leadership Gesture

I’m always so motivated by the leader who makes the special gesture.  I’m not talking about the grand monetary gift to employees or the motivating speech, but the simple, genuine, consideration of care for those who work alongside them.  During this time of year we all scramble trying to calculate bonuses, gifts for staff, or clients in some attempt to make summarize the year into a moment.

But in all of the giving, I’m still fascinated by how people react to a gift of time, attention, or care.  These opportunities are certainly available anytime, but for some reason employees look for it more during the holiday season.  In the modern age, many typical leaders feel that they shouldn’t be viewed as someone who has the power to give the gift of time, attention, or care; as they work so hard to be one of the pack.

The harsh, terrible reality is that people want to look upwards, place a leader ahead of them, and then expect the occasional recognition.  Think about this when those little opportunities present themselves.  If you are a leader, think of the small gestures that you can give and then give them generously.

Happy Holidays, Rick

Rick Baron, http://www.rmbaron.net , Rick is a Human Resources Leader, Teacher, and Coach based in the Sarasota, Florida area.