The past two weeks we’ve touched on the first responsibility of a leader (defining reality) and the in-between (serving). So today we’re focusing on the last—which is something that sounds simple but has a massive impact. Gratitude, especially when communicated by telling others “Thank you,” is an absolute game changer.
I’ve written about gratitude many times because of the unexpected and massive impact it makes. I’ve shared some great gratitude research studies on my podcast. We have plenty of proof that being thankful brings you benefits, it’s 3X important when coming from a leader! Let me break it down for you:
1. This is still related to the second responsibility—being a servant leader. A servant leader is THANKFUL for the opportunity of serving a team and for the opportunity of leading them. It’s a humbling experience because you are not just owning the success, but you are sharing the success with your team—and giving them credit by thanking them.
2. Gratitude can be learned and it has unbelievable benefits. In my favorite research study of all time, it was discovered that those who had trained themselves to be more thankful reported higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. Additionally, those showing increased gratitude experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly and made more progress toward personal goals.
3. Expressing your thanks or gratitude doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as saying it (in front of others is usually a nice touch), writing a note, or making a quick call. Some leaders tend to like showy gestures, and others prefer simple ones. There is no right or wrong if it’s genuine: you be you!
In the end, as cheesy as it may sound—it’s really the thought that counts.
Here’s an example: Thank each one of you for being part of the LeaderTribe. I truly am grateful to each one of you. I appreciate the privilege of sharing with you, and I learn so much when I connect with you.
You’re the best!
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