Great leadership is as simple as a cup of coffee…

Great leadership is as simple as a cup of coffee.  I was reminded of the reality of this statement recently when I went on a java run for my staff.  When I entered the office with four cups of joe I was greeted with joy, excitement and appreciation.  There was a new mood in the room as we talked and drank.  I was actually a bit perplexed at the energy it brought to the team.  As I thought about it, I realized this simple gesture did three things that are necessary for every leader to do.

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  1. It showed that I thought about them.  I had noticed all of the work they have been putting in lately and wanted to thank them for it.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot to convey your gratitude for their work, and the expense pays for itself with their renewed effort and energy.
  2. It showed that I am willing to go out of my way for them.  Did I mention that we have differing theories of “good coffee” in our office?  To meet each of their coffee love languages I had to make separate stops at Starbucks (real coffee) and Dunkin Donuts (no accounting for taste).  They saw that they mattered enough for me to consider their likes and dislikes.
  3. It provided an opportunity to talk and connect over something other than work.  After the triumphant presentation of the coffee we sat around for about 15 minutes just talking about our weekends.  There was no amount of work they could have accomplished in that 15 minutes that would have been more productive than the relational time we spent together.

These are three things that strengthen a team or staff without requiring abundant time, effort or resources.  Now for you it may not be coffee.  Figure out what works.  Take them out for lunch, a game of paintball, or pottery painting.  It really doesn’t matter how big or small it is.

Just do something that shows you are thinking about them, willing to go out of your way for them, and value them beyond the work they do.

The impact can’t be measured.  What are some ways you appreciate and connect with your staff?

John

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