When you have star performers on your team, you may be tempted to lavish them with praise. After all, managing a supremely talented person is a boss’s dream, so why not tell them how much you appreciate them? But be careful that you don’t feed their ego too much, or they’ll constantly be looking for that level of adulation, which can be hard to maintain.
So give them an appropriate amount of positive feedback and acknowledge their contributions. If they executed a project beautifully or made a stellar presentation, say so — but leave it at that. And be sure that high performers recognise and acknowledge the work of the other team members who help them be successful