Unexpressed gratitude is ungratefulness to those around you.
An unexpected gratitude list for leaders:
- Celebrate the circumstances you’re tempted to complain about. Challenges teach you more than ease. Character directly connects to the adversities you have pushed through.
- Appreciate the second chance others give you. Remember how others adapt when you try new ideas.
- Value opportunities to learn. Feeling like others always need to learn from you often produces ungratefulness in you.
- Respect the shoulders you stand on. The good others see in you resided in someone before you. Self-made is an arrogant myth.
- Admire those who choose to follow your leadership.
- Recognize that problems and challenges add value to your leadership.
- Acknowledge that serving is a privilege. Expressing gratitude shifts your thinking from burden to opportunity. Enjoy your seat at the table.
Gratitude from you:
- Confirms that others matter.
- Releases from the past.
- Strengthens connection.
- Infuses with energy.
Express it, don’t wait to feel it.
Think about who or what you should feel grateful for even if you don’t feel it. Make a list. Write a note. Make a call. Pat someone on the back.
Perhaps the greatest power of gratitude is it changes you.
What or who is on your gratitude list?
How might leaders express gratitude?