What Savvy Leaders Know About Maximizing Corporate Harvest

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Thanksgiving is upon us and it’s the time of year when business leaders put extra thought into showing appreciation for colleagues. Executive coach Sonya Shelton, CEO and founder of Executive Leadership Consulting, offers insight on why business leaders should be careful to show gratitude and reward year around—not just during the holidays.

Great leaders know that corporate harvest—or the bottom line and organizational growth—are impossible without the hard work and continued motivation of employees.

Thanksgiving is upon us and it’s the time of year when many business leaders put extra thought into showing appreciation. But according to leading executive coach Sonya Shelton, CEO and founder of Executive Leadership Consulting, great leaders are careful to show gratitude and reward year around—not just during the holidays.

The roots of Thanksgiving Day lie in the tradition of giving thanks for the harvest and of the preceding year, but according to Shelton, great business leaders know corporate harvest—or the bottom line and organizational growth—are impossible without the hard work and continued motivation of employees.

Shelton, an international speaker, consultant and author of the book “You’re an Executive, But are You A Leader?” advises that while compensation, benefits, and perks are an important part of rewards systems, they’re not the only things that motivate people.

High-performing employees, Shelton said, want to learn and grow. To reward them, she advises leaders to provide an environment in which these performers love to work and to build a culture that makes team members feel valued and important.

“By celebrating successes—even small ones—all year long, we reinforce the motivation that carry us through the next achievement. This is important for leaders individually as well as for their organizations. Celebrate the behaviors you want to see more often. When you discourage mediocrity and reward performance, you create a high-performing culture,” Shelton said. “Remember to celebrate habits and qualities in addition to numbers. Send handwritten notes when you catch someone doing something right. It doesn’t take much effort, but is hugely meaningful to people. Be specific about what was accomplished, how it made a contribution, and why it’s important.”

For more tips and information about Executive Leadership Consulting please visit http://www.executiveleader.com and follow Sonya Shelton on Twitter for great leadership tips and daily inspiration @SonyaShelton.

About Executive Leadership Consulting:
Sonya Shelton, CEO and founder of Executive Leadership Consulting, is the author of the book “You’re an Executive, But Are You a Leader?” As an international speaker and consultant, she shows managers and executives how to increase their leadership effectiveness so they can boost their professional and business results.

Executive Leadership Consulting offers workshops and coaching programs designed to develop leadership capability at all levels of the organization. Shelton designed the programs at Executive Leadership Consulting based on her more than 25 years’ experience as a leader in a variety of companies and industries, including the high-paced fields of publishing, advertising, and entertainment. She has worked as an executive coach and consultant with companies around the world from start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations, including Disney, Nestle, and Microsoft.

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