Five Practices For Exemplary Leadership – Intentions – by Audrey Xie

My Intentions for the 2015-16 Teen Committee year:

  • Encourage others
  • Praise people
  • Creatively celebrate other people’s achievements

In Practice Five leaders recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence and celebrate the values and victories by creating a spirit of community.

Commitment number nine, the first one in encouraging the heart, is all about recognizing contributions. Leaders should give thanks that comes from the bottom of their hearts; big is not always better. They should encourage others with positivity and attentiveness. A good leader should expect the best in order to get the best in return. Also leaders should make clear and concise rules and guidelines for others and themselves to follow. The first commitment in “Encourage the Heart” is recognizing contributions.

  • Make sure people know what is expected of them.
  • Maintain high expectations about what individuals and teams can accomplish.
  • Communicate your positive expectations clearly and regularly.
  • Let people know that you believe in them not just verbally, but also through your actions.
  • Create an environment that makes it comfortable to receive and give feedback, including feedback given to you.
  • Link recognition and rewards with what your group states it wants to achieve so that only those who meet or exceed these goals receive them.
  • Find out the types of encouragement that make the most difference to others.
  • Don’t assume you know. Ask. Take the time to inquire and observe.
  • Connect with people on a personal basis. Stop by and visit them where they are.
  • Be creative when it comes to recognition. Be spontaneous. Have fun.
  • Make saying “thank you” a natural part of your everyday behavior.
  • Don’t take anyone for granted.

Commitment number ten, the second one in encouraging the heart, is celebrate the values and the victories. Leaders should create a sense of community within their group in order to get the best results. Also leaders should recognize accomplishments in public as often as possible. On occasion they should also let their group mates have fun and loosen up. Leaders have to be personally connected with every person they are working with in order to show that they care. The second intention in “Encourage the Heart” is celebrate the values and the victories.

  • Find and create occasions to bring people together.
  • Make sure to relate the fundamental principles that are being honored when you bring people together to celebrate.
  • Think and plan how you can take some time at a future group event or meeting to share a success.
  • Find out about people’s stories—what they are doing to make the organization successful.
  • Keep a journal so that you can capture (and remember) examples of exemplary performance.
  • Never pass up any opportunity to publicly relate true stories about how people in your group went above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Anywhere you interact with others is an acceptable venue for telling a good story. Err on the side of telling stories in a timely fashion rather than saving them up for some special occasion.
  • Make sure that people understand how they are “part of the whole” and that lots of others are working to make them successful, even if they don’t know them personally.
  • Repeat this phrase at every celebration: “We are in this together.”
  • Plan a festive celebration for even the smaller milestones that your team reaches or the efforts people put forth. Don’t wait until the whole project is completed before you celebrate.
  • Have fun when you’re celebrating—laugh and enjoy yourself, along with others.
  • Set aside at least one day as a distinctive organizational celebration day, and remind people why it is important to remember and mark this day as special.
  • End each of your team meetings with a round of public praise, being sure to play around with ways to keep this ritual fresh, meaningful, and genuine.

How will I carry out my intentions?

I will try to be more empathetic, show more support, and encourage others to others. I will try to celebrate and praise other people’s achievements.

What are some tools that may help me carry out my intentions?

Some tools to help me carry out my intentions are have more time to stop and think of other people, and along with that I will keep a reminder on my phone that says “appreciate others” because that way I’ll remember my goals for this year.

What are some things that may hold me back from fully carrying out my intentions? How will I deal with them?

One thing I might be dealing with is tunnel vision. Sometimes I become too involved with the work and don’t think of the other people I’m collaborating with. So I need to look up from the project and actually talk to the people I’m working with.

Who will I recruit to help me? How can they can help me?

I will recruit my friends. They can help remind me of my goals because I see them often.