What does Memorial Day have to do with effective leadership? Quite a bit, actually. Memorial Day honors people who have died. But on Memorial Day, we should not honor their deaths – we should honor their lives – what they stood for, how they made their corner of the world a better place. We should honor the way they challenge us to become better, to emulate the best parts of their lives.
Honoring the best aspects of people – holding it up for others to emulate – is one characteristic of an excellent leader. This practice gives people a good example to emulate, a positive goal to strive for. It is far more effective in creating desired attitudes and behaviors than negative reinforcement.
Who does your leadership honor? How do they do it?