A quick leadership tip for boosting morale

It's good to spread the love, says GSK's Global Design VP.

by Stephen Jones
Last Updated: 26 Apr 2019

When you’re a leader good news can feel like a rarity.

As the one in charge, people are more likely to come to you with fires to fight, problems to solve or challenges to overcome, than share how they avoided them. It can be hard to keep your head up and the higher the ladder you climb, the harder it can be to find solace.

That’s why it’s important to spread positivity, says Andrew Barraclough, Global VP for Design and Innovation for FTSE 100 pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline. In the first of his briefings with Management Today, he shares a simple, quick technique he uses to maintain morale. 


"It’s easy to get caught up in the firefighting, so I encourage my team to send me at least one piece of good news a week and I try and pass this on myself.

"It doesn't have to be anything major, but there’s generally always good stuff going on, or a great story that doesn’t necessarily get told. It's really important to try and find those moments and reward them because that helps your mojo,  helps you feel good about yourself as a boss and generally lightens the mood in the team.

"I will also try and pass on at least one good thing that my team have done onto my boss. It’s not a full time job that I need to do, and equally I don’t want my team sending me 1,000 emails a week, but it’s a good behaviour to get into, because it helps to give a light moment. It’s very easy to get stuck in a negative mindset, but think about the good stuff and good stuff will grow."

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