Effective bosses work their magic by piling up one small win after another--and realizing that followers are watching their every move. A host of renowned bosses talk about the importance of thanking people, about the power of this small gesture and how failure to express appreciation to people who are working their tails off is a sign of disrespect.
"To be a leader means, especially, having the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who permit leaders to lead." -- Max DePree
The opportunity for leaders to be innovative in their leadership may simply come from a commitment to take seriously and act intentionally in the basic things that they always knew to be true. One of those time-tested truths is that a leader must invest in the lives of the ones whom he/she leads. This is especially true with those who exert some level of influence over the rest of the organization.