THE GRATITUDE OF LEADERS

THE GRATITUDE OF LEADERS

CYNTHIA GOERIG, Chief Executive Officer
#Leadership #Gratitude #Abundance

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest

appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them."    — John F. Kennedy

Photo Credit: "Over Arching" (cropped) by gtrwndr87 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 

Thanksgiving is a time when we purposefully proclaim our gratitude for the good life we have. We reflect on our blessings and advantages, and we share with each other how meaningful our relationships are. It is also the unofficial start of the holiday season, which overflows with events centered around spirituality, family, food and gifts. I think it is particularly apt that we begin this period of celebration by giving thanks, and it is a model for good leadership in so many ways.

Gratitude, particularly for the people we lead in our lives, is one of the most important skills that a leader can develop. It keeps you humble and centered on the fact that very little success in life is even possible without the support, commitment and efforts of those around you. This includes your family, team, colleagues and patients—all of whom you have a direct or indirect leadership role for in a personal or professional capacity

If you begin each day with a mindset of abundance and gratitude, you will see the success of the people around you as an essential part of your own success. Great leaders genuinely thank people for everything they do that contributes to the greater good—from the smallest consideration to the biggest commitment. They look for daily opportunities to recognize effort and achievement, and they cultivate a habit of appreciation and respect.

In turn, their leadership creates a sphere of influence where these values are heightened, reciprocated and shared on a daily basis. It is such a simple thing, but it makes an incredible difference every day of the year.

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