Last week in leadership class we discussed an idea: if you demonstrate loyalty, integrity, and honest effort, your work will eventually be rewarded. It may take a while for your achievements to be recognized, and some people may never notice them at all, but display these three characteristics, and sooner or later the rewards will come.
What does this mean for leaders? Simple: a good leader notices people who demonstrate loyalty and integrity, as well as a solid work ethic. The good leader makes sure those characteristics and behaviors are rewarded, whether it's financially, emotionally, with public recognition, or by many other means.
Take a look around; find the people who doing things in a positive, appropriate way, and be the leader who encourages those people to keep it up.