[vimeo id="145997820"] We’ve been in the fall season for some time now and Fall all means a lot of different things to different people. For many it marks the start of a new football season. For others it’s starting another semester of school. But for many rural communities it’s a season of celebration as they harvest a whole year’s work. I think many leaders of organizations can forget the importance of celebrating. So here are four reasons why I think celebrating is really a leadership discipline.
First of all, it marks achievement. You know, people want to feel that they’re making a difference. They want to know their contribution was meaningful to the team. And celebrating their achievements is the best way you can show your appreciation. It also is a great time to reflect on all of their past accomplishments. And this makes them feel more and more that they belong with the team which generates greater loyalty to the team.
Secondly, it promotes team-spirit. If each member feels they belong to the team then they want to celebrate their team-mates as well. One of the hardest things to do is to get a team to stick together. Sometimes people on a team can be too focused on looking after themselves. And they might not even like it when teammates succeed. But if a leader is intentional about celebrating each person’s success…then every member takes pride in the team!
The third thing is it re-energizes the team. Let’s face it: work can be draining. Sometimes a team feels like it’s spinning its wheels without getting anywhere. Even exceptional teams that achieve extraordinary results will slowly wear down. That’s where a celebration is needed! Celebrations help people relax and de-stress. It helps your team to enjoy their work. And your team will always be more effective when they want to work than when they have to work.
Lastly, it builds future vision. When a team looks back at all they’ve done, they can take great pride in it. But celebrating isn’t just about the past…it’s also about the future. When a team looks at their success, the next question they ask is, “What could we be celebrating next year?” Instead of looking at another year of required objectives…they’re looking at an even bigger party with even better stories! So be intentional about getting your team to celebrate!
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