As a leader, do you use every opportunity to compliment your staff?
Never miss a chance to pay a compliment. As a leader, your word has significance for the members of your staff. Paying compliments for work well done means a great deal to all of us - regardless of our roles. However, as a leader, your staff likely look to you for feedback. Performance appraisals can provide feedback - but they really serve a different purpose. Complimenting your staff when they do good work can be motivating and inspiring. Compliments also indicate that you view their work with a positive presupposition. You're not looking for fault. If you believe the work that your staff does is important, let them know by acknowledging it with the occasional compliment. In the end, everyone wins - especially those your school/organization serves.
Just one caution....don't go overboard. There's nothing more meaningless to staff members than excessive compliments. They know when you're being honest and when it's just for show. Keep it real - and keep your integrity intact.