Gratitude for Leaders: How to Win the Gratitude Battle
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson
Ungrateful people are:
- Easily discouraged. Ingratitude creates constant disappointment. “What’s the use.”
- Resentful of the benefits or advantages others enjoy. Unthankfulness doesn’t enjoy the success of others.
- Entitled. Ungratefulness hates seeing others advantaged but expects advantage for itself.
- Self-obsessed. Ingratitude has little room for others because the world revolves around its own troubles, disappointments, and resentments.
- Thin skinned.
- Clinging to past offenses. Ungratefulness is still talking about the offenses of 1999.
- Fault finding and demanding. Nothing’s ever good enough for an ingrate.
Why choose ungratefulness:
You might say you’re unthankful because life is miserable.
Doesn’t it seem stupid to multiply misery by topping it off with a bitter dollop of ingratitude.
Gratitude for leaders:
Grateful leaders notice and acknowledge benefit or advantage.
- Leadership is about noticing. Ungrateful leaders have discouraged teams.
- Gratitude requires expression. Unexpressed gratitude is ungratefulness.
- Thankfulness appreciates benefit or advantage. Imagine walking around noticing the good stuff.
The above definition is harvested from the following sources.
- Appreciative of benefits received.
- Warmly or deeply appreciative of benefits received.
- Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness.
- Showing or expressing thanks, especially to another person.
If you can’t choose gratitude because it benefits others, choose it for yourself.
- Less stress.
- Less envy.
- Deeper relationships. Who enjoys friendship with an ingrate?
- Improved sleep.
- Better physical health.
- Increased productivity.
- Improved decision making.
- Higher energy.
Two gratitude practices anyone can achieve:
#1. Record one thing you’re grateful for every morning during the month of November. Aim low so you can be thankful for success.
Tip: Place a small notepad on the corner of your desk as a gratitude trigger.
#2. Everyday ask people what they are grateful for. (Begin meetings by asking the gratitude question.)
What are some dangers of ingratitude?
What are some benefits of gratitude?