Connect your performance to rewards. It’s nice when others recognize you for your efforts, but that doesn’t always happen. So along with the goals that you set and the measurement system that you put in place, make sure to create some ways to reward yourself for achieving your goals.
Take yourself out to lunch—and ask a good friend to go with you. Mark the achievement in red pen in your calendar, knowing that every time you look at it you’ll get a big smile on your face for accomplishing something. Brag about it to a colleague. Use one of your regular meetings to announce your progress to your team. They will applaud. It’s okay to toot your own horn every now and then. By the way, it’s also okay to ask others for positive feedback: “Tell me something I did well today.” You need that, too.
Excerpted from the Leadership Practices Inventory Planner, 4th edition, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, © 2013, published by Pfeiffer/An imprint of Wiley. All rights reserved.