What would it take for them to say, “I will work my butt off for you?” 

I'm sure we all would want our team members to say that. So how does that happen? Well, it is simple- but not easy. Now is the time to assess your leadership's so-called "softer skills." Here is something to think about as you strive to increase performance: It is difficult leading someone you don't value; do you value them? And most important, do they know that? Have you told them? Do you acknowledge achievements both in public and privately? Do you look for and acknowledge their strengths? Do you think you are upfront and straightforward about problem areas? Do you listen to them? When you are in a one-to-one, do they feel they are the most critical person in your world [...]