How Negative Leaders Become Positive Thinkers
You may think being ungrateful makes you look powerful. Nothings good enough for you. But the companions of ungratefulness are disappointment, frustration, stress, and negativity.
Ungratefulness says things aren’t good enough. When nothing’s good enough, effort is futile.
The tragedy of ungratefulness is gratitude is free.
How negative leaders become positive thinkers:
Expressing gratitude changes you.
At the beginning you think gratitude is about events, circumstances, and people. You come to see gratitude is about you. Would you like to shift from negative to positive?
The intention and practice of frequently saying thank you draws negative leaders into positive thinking. You can’t resist. Expressing gratitude forces you to think about things that are right in the world.
But what if you don’t feel thankful? Think of gratitude as a practice not a feeling. Don’t lie. Just find something worthy of praise. If there’s nothing praiseworthy in your organization, close the doors and go home.
Do you have negative people on your team? Hold them accountable to say thank you at least once an hour. Expect it. Track it. Craft gratitude language. Evaluate progress. Discuss results.
7 surprising benefits of gratitude:
#1. Gratitude opens your heart. Expressing gratitude shifts your focus from receiving to giving. The ungrateful are closed, stingy, and self-protective.
The strength to open your heart comes from the courage to show gratitude.
#2. Gratitude creates positive environments. Ingratitude propagates unhappiness.
Happy people work harder than unhappy.
#3. Gratitude bolsters leadership presence. Weak leaders are frantic and frustrated. Strong leaders are optimistic and appreciative.
#4. Gratitude makes you attractive. Ungratefulness is ugly.
#5. Gratitude makes you approachable.
#6. Gratitude increases grit. Ungrateful people stand aloof and don’t commit.
#7. Gratitude makes you feel good. Don’t make good feelings your goal. Make your goal adding value. But, experience shows that expressing gratitude feels good.
What attitudes prevent leaders from expressing gratitude?
How might leaders practice gratitude?