“Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” Dale Carnegie
One simple way to build culture and rapport as a leader is to know the names of your people. Though it may seem insignificant to you, it often means the world to people who view you as an important leader within your organization.
How many names do you know? Is it only your direct reports? Or maybe just a few within your department? If you want to increase your capacity to influence others, then learn as many people’s names as possible.
One CEO I recently worked with knew the names of everyone within his entire organization. Though his company was smallish, knowing 130 employee names didn’t happen by accident. And as a result, his team seemed committed not only to the organization but also to him.
If you want to be a more effective leader and improve your company’s culture this new year, then a great place to start is by ensuring you know the names of your people!