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By saying thank you leaders are recognising the achievements of others in delivering the overall vision and that can go a long way towards teamwork and engagement.
Whether sitting down to watch last night’s BAFTA award ceremony or simply glimpsing highlights on news bulletins it is clear that the art of the thank you remains central to acceptance speeches. Even Peter Kay whose inventive answer to acceptance speeches was to say nothing at all, thereby holding his audience in stitches of laughter, managed a brief ‘thanks’ before leaving the stage.
Why are thank you so important in acceptance speeches? They are so ubiquitous that they have almost become a cliché and yet they still keep rolling out at every award event. The answer is quite simple; every award winner is very aware that they are only standing there because of the team which pulled together to create a memorable production. Actors may have natural talent, directors may have a tremendous vision, but without the script, lighting, costume…etc they would not have been able to achieve an award-winning performance.
So they say thank you in recognition of the individual talents and teamwork which came together to create something special. It’s a lesson which many leaders would do well to learn. Saying thank you may not be a one-stop solution to employee engagement; but by saying thank you leaders are recognising the achievements of others in delivering the overall vision and that can go a long way towards teamwork and engagement.