The Mistake That Undercuts Performance
The idea that the best leaders are never satisfied resonates with those who value excellence. "Good enough" is never good enough for leaders who are driven to achieve extraordinary results. The best among us believe deeply in continuous improvement, which, by definition, presumes everything and everyone can always be better. Before we salute this line of thinking and march toward the pursuit of perfection, we must first remember what the people around us need in order to take the journey with us.
To stay focused and motivated to perform at their best, those around us must know they are making progress. They need the incremental inspiration that only leaders can give them by celebrating the short-term milestones that occur on the pathway toward success.
Acknowledging the good work and outcomes others achieve in the short term is essential for those same people to double down on their efforts in the long term. Too many leaders fail to celebrate short-term success because they believe it is more important to send the message there is still much to do. Heaven forbid those around us declare victory before we reach our ultimate goals. These leaders avoid celebrating short-term milestones because they fear it undermines the singular focus required to achieve results. Ironically, this actually undercuts performance.
Leaders who underestimate the benefits of celebrating short-term successes fail to enhance the morale necessary for success. The best leaders compel others toward success by maintaining a relentless focus on each step of the ladder, while also celebrating the steps forward indicating significant progress. Winning depends on it.